Elite-led democratisation in aid-dependent states: the case of Mauritania

  title={Elite-led democratisation in aid-dependent states: the case of Mauritania},
  author={Desha M. Girod and Meir R. Walters},
  journal={The Journal of North African Studies},
  pages={181 - 193}
Why did Mauritania, an Arab League member, undergo a short-lived democratic transition after a successful coup in 2005? Mauritania's democratisation is puzzling because it occurred despite the presence of two conditions that are thought to hinder the prospects of democracy: poverty and strategic importance to the West. We trace the democratisation process undertaken by Mauritania's successful coup leaders in 2005 by focusing on the regime's foreign aid sources. We find that because coup leaders… 
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