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Coup traps: why does Africa have so many coups d'état?

Abstract:

In Africa coup plots are by far the most common challenge to the continuity of regimes. In this paper we investigate proneness to coups by drawing on our previous work on proneness to civil war. The most striking aspect of our results is the similarity in the causes of coups and civil wars. Standard indicators of grievance such as political repression and economic inequality do not feature as significant influences. A common core of economic factors underpins proneness to coups and civil wars...

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Publication date:
2005-01-01
URN:
uuid:77685cae-fc92-4378-b7bf-1ab165b84600
Local pid:
oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:13646
Language:
English

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