Author Rabinowitz, Beth, author
Title Coups, rivals, and the modern state : why rural coalitions matter in sub-Saharan Africa / Beth S. Rabinowitz
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2018
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 人文社會聯圖  JQ1879.A15 R33 2018    AVAILABLE    30650020079311
Descript xii, 309 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-296) and index
Introduction -- Part I. Setting the stage. -- A new theory of coalition politics -- Patterns of rule in Africa -- Rural alliances and coup risk : testing the theory. -- Part II. Forging coalitions. -- Alienating rural allies--Kwame Nkrumah 1947-1957 -- Aligning with regional foes--Félix Houphouët-Boigny 1945-1960. -- Part III. Consolidating power. -- An urban strategy unravels--Kwame Nkrumah 1957-1966 -- A rural strategy builds a nation--Félix Houphouët-Boigny 1960-1980. -- Part IV. Reversal of fortune. -- Reviving the state--J.J. Rawlings 1979-1999 -- Losing the periphery--Henri Konan Bedie 1980-1999 -- Structure not strategy? examining alternative explanations -- Conclusion
"Over the past three decades, sub-Saharan Africa has undergone promising changes. Most countries have instituted regular multiparty elections. Military rule has been on a steady decline. With this increased stability, Africa has seen unparalleled economic growth. So much so that sub-Saharan growth rates exceeded those of the world economy for the first two decades of the new millennium. Yet, there are troubling trends as well. The vast majority of low-income countries are found south of the Sahara. African states grapple with food insecurity, high unemployment, poverty, poor infrastructure, environmental degradation, and low integration in the global economy. Nor has political liberalization been wholly progressive. One-third of the states identified as 'not free' in 2017 by Freedom House were in sub-Saharan Africa. In many instances, African presidents have been able to work around multi-party elections and remain in power for two, three, in some cases even four decades. Countries like Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia, and the Central African Republic have continued to be on the precipice of civil conflict. And although there are fewer coups, since 2000 fourteen presidents have been successfully overthrown."--Publisher's summary
Subject Political stability -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Coalitions -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Coups d'état -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Politics and government
Côte d'Ivoire -- Politics and government
Ghana -- Politics and government
Presidents -- Côte d'Ivoire
Presidents -- Ghana
Houphouët-Boigny, Félix, 1905-1993
Nkrumah, Kwame, 1909-1972