Challenge Of Institutionalizing Civilian Control

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Assessing three of the most enduring civilian regimes in Africa—Botswana, Kenya, and, until the December 1999 coup, the Ivory Coast—Boubacar N'Diaye focuses on the role of civilian regimes in the institutionalization of civilian control. The author warns that only government legitimacy and a culture of genuine military professionalism are likely to assure civilian control of the military. N'Diaye calls for a bold conceptual shift in the study of African civil-military relations away from expedient short-term coup...

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Overview

Assessing three of the most enduring civilian regimes in Africa—Botswana, Kenya, and, until the December 1999 coup, the Ivory Coast—Boubacar N'Diaye focuses on the role of civilian regimes in the institutionalization of civilian control. The author warns that only government legitimacy and a culture of genuine military professionalism are likely to assure civilian control of the military. N'Diaye calls for a bold conceptual shift in the study of African civil-military relations away from expedient short-term coup avoidance. Refreshingly, his study emphasizes the policies regimes enact instead of the structures of African societies or the personal idiosyncrasies of leaders. This book has important implications not only for understanding the causes and outcomes of coups in Africa, but also for the study of emerging democracies everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Modern African Studies
Overall, the book is well researched and the author has done a good job admiting historical evidence to back his arguments. His presetnation of the taxonomy of causes of coups is very impressive. Particularly praiseworthy is the organizational clarity of the work and the pains Boubacar takes at every turn to explain how each chapter fits with the rest of the work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739102398
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,501,668
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Boubacar N'Diaye is Professor of Political Science and Black Studies at The College of Wooster.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Explanations of Military Interventions in Africa Chapter 3 Civilian Control Strategies Chapter 4 Botswana Chapter 5 Ivory Coast Chapter 6 Kenya Chapter 7 Conclusions Chapter 8 Epilogue

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