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
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
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