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Ethnic politics and state power in Africa : the logic of the coup-civil war trap

Author: Philip G Roessler
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
Additional Physical Format: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation):
Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa.
Cambridge Univ Pr 2016
(OCoLC)959262266
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip G Roessler
ISBN: 9781316809877 1316809870
OCLC Number: 970816151
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Part I. Motivation and central argument --
Part II. Puzzle and theory --
A meso-level approach to the study of civil war --
Theories of ethno-political exclusion --
The strategic logic of war in Africa --
Part III. Theory-building case study --
Political networks, brokerage and cooperative counterinsurgency : civil war averted in Darfur --
The strategic logic of ethno-political exclusion : the breakdown of Sudan's Islamic movement --
Political exclusion and civil war : the outbreak of the Darfur Civil War --
Part IV. Testing the argument --
Empirical analysis of the coup-civil war trap --
A model-testing case : explaining Africa's Great War --
Part V. Extensions --
The strategic logic of peace in Africa --
Conclusion --
Appendix 1: A note on the book's qualitative methods --
Appendix 2: Data variable dictionary --
Appendix 3: Data on ethnic transfers of power and ethnicity of coup conspirators and insurgents.
Responsibility: Philip Roessler.

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This book models the trade-off that rulers of weak, ethnically-divided states face between coups and civil war.  Read more...

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