The Ethnic Army and the State

  title={The Ethnic Army and the State},
  author={Kristen A. Harkness},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={587 - 616}
  • Kristen A. Harkness
  • Published 1 June 2016
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
Military coups have posed a persistent threat to political stability in Africa, undermining democratization efforts, igniting insurgencies, and leading to years of devastating military governance. Initial cross-national studies found little consistent evidence linking ethnicity to coups, leading recent formal and statistical work on coup risk and coup-proofing to largely ignore ethnic politics. This article, however, argues that in two important contexts of African political development… 

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