The Structural Sources of Military Coups in Postcolonial Africa, 1957-1984

  title={The Structural Sources of Military Coups in Postcolonial Africa, 1957-1984},
  author={Augustine J. Kposowa and J. Craig Jenkins},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={126 - 163}
Why has postcolonial Africa been so vulnerable to military coups? Examination of the different types of military interventions (plots, attempts, and successful seizures) and comparison of the immediate independence period with the 1970s show the major sources of coups to be ethnic antagonisms stemming from cultural plurality and political competition, and the presence of strong militaries with factionalized officer corps. There is no evidence for a political "overload" due to rising mass… 
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