The Challenge of Institutionalizing Civilian Control: Botswana, Ivory Coast, and Kenya in Comparative Perspective

The Challenge of Institutionalizing Civilian Control: Botswana, Ivory Coast, and Kenya in Comparative Perspective

by Boubacar N'Diaye

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Overview

Assessing three of the most enduring civilian regimes in Africa-Botswana, Kenya, and, until the December 1999 coup, the Ivory Coast-Boubacar N'Diaye focuses on the role of civilian regimes in the institutionalization of civilian control. The author warns that only government legitimacy and a culture of genuine military professionalism are likely to assure civilian control of the military. N'Diaye calls for a bold conceptual shift in the study of African civil-military relations away from expedient short-term coup avoidance. Refreshingly, his study emphasizes the policies regimes enact instead of the structures of African societies or the personal idiosyncrasies of leaders. This book has important implications not only for understanding the causes and outcomes of coups in Africa, but also for the study of emerging democracies everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739102398
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 04/11/2001
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Boubacar N'Diaye is Professor of Political Science and Black Studies at The College of Wooster.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Explanations of Military Interventions in Africa Chapter 3 Civilian Control Strategies Chapter 4 Botswana Chapter 5 Ivory Coast Chapter 6 Kenya Chapter 7 Conclusions Chapter 8 Epilogue

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