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Title:The neopatrimonial framework and military coups d'état in Africa: reflections
Authors:Aidoo, Kojo Opoku
DeMarco, Peter
Year:2009
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:25
Issue:2
Pages:47-62
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:coups d'état
political systems
patronage
politics
Ethnic relations--Political aspects
Political corruption
Abuse of administrative power
Africa--Politics and government
Abstract:In the immediate postcolonial era, in all too may cases, changes in government in Africa took place via a military putsch. In the past, attempts to comprehend the pervasive presence of the military in politics on the continent proceeded via military explanations, class, prebendalism, ethnic and weak State institutions analysis. The present authors take as their point of departure the ingrained informal institutions of neopatrimonial rule, which are so pervasive in postcolonial Africa. The authors explore the validity of the neopatrimonial thesis as an explanation for military coups in sub-Saharan Africa. First, they examine the concept of neopatrimonialism as a description of the nature of African States. Then they outline three ways in which neopatrimonialism might contribute to political instability, focusing on the 'pure' version of the theory and its connection to theories of ethnic conflict. The paper concludes by considering the limitations of the neopatrimonial paradigm. The paper is intended to augment the understanding of the relative utility of neopatrimonialism as an elucidation of military interventions in Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]
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