The Military in African Politics: Success or Failure?

First this article describes the causes and circumstances of coups d’tat in Africa. Then it evaluates the ensuing military regimes. Conclusion: a military regime, prolonged or recurrent, is more likely to generate a sharpening of the pragmatic political skills of the military than it is to contribute to the evolution of a civil and political culture holding out the long-term prospects of stability. Notes.

Title: The Military in African Politics: Success or Failure?
Author: Gutteridge, William
Year: 1982
Periodical: Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
Period: April
Pages: 241-252
Language: English
Geographic term: Africa
Abstract: First this article describes the causes and circumstances of coups d’tat in Africa. Then it evaluates the ensuing military regimes. Conclusion: a military regime, prolonged or recurrent, is more likely to generate a sharpening of the pragmatic political skills of the military than it is to contribute to the evolution of a civil and political culture holding out the long-term prospects of stability. Notes.