Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa : The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap

Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa : The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap

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Why are some African countries trapped in vicious cycles of ethnic exclusion and civil war, while others experience relative peace? In this groundbreaking book, Philip Roessler addresses this question. Roessler models Africa's weak, ethnically-divided states as confronting rulers with a coup-civil war trap - sharing power with ethnic rivals is necessary to underwrite societal peace and prevent civil war, but increases rivals' capabilities to seize sovereign power in a coup d'etat. How rulers respond to this strategic trade-off is shown to be a function of their country's ethnic geography and the distribution of threat capabilities it produces. Moving between in-depth case studies of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo based on years of field work and statistical analyses of powersharing, coups and civil war across sub-Saharan Africa, the book serves as an exemplar of the benefits of mixed methods research for theory-building and testing in comparative politics.


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Details

Author(s)
Philip Roessler
Format
Paperback | 414 pages
Dimensions
152 x 228 x 23mm | 570g
Publication date
17 May 2017
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
Worked examples or Exercises; 18 Tables, black and white; 6 Maps; 13 Line drawings, black and white
ISBN10
1316628213
ISBN13
9781316628218
Bestsellers rank
1,271,547