Parties, Coups, and Authoritarian Rule: Patterns of Political Change in Tropical Africa

Comparative Political Studies 11, No. 1, 1978

32 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2015

Date Written: April 1, 1978

Abstract

This study analyzes the emergence of different types of authoritarian regimes across 26 countries in tropical Africa in the first decade of independence. Military, one-party plebiscitary one-party, and competitive one-party regimes are explained in terms of the experience with the introduction of competitive politics during decolonization, specifically the way in which decolonization effected party dominance and electoral participation.

Keywords: African politics, regime change, electoral participation, party dominance, political parties, coups

Suggested Citation

Collier, Ruth Berins, Parties, Coups, and Authoritarian Rule: Patterns of Political Change in Tropical Africa (April 1, 1978). Comparative Political Studies 11, No. 1, 1978, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1684942

Ruth Berins Collier (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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