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9 - Political Crises

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 January 2021

Martin Welz
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Universität Hamburg
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There are numerous political crises in Africa, albeit one needs to stress that they do not touch all African states. This chapter discusses four types of crises: secessions, coups, electoral violence, and terrorism. Despite their different shape, they all can potentially challenge or even undermine state institutions, dwarf the economy, and pose a threat to the population. Despite them being the children of the weakness of states, there is, however, also evidence showing that secessions, coups, and electoral violence might lead to more legitimate governments and advance democratization in the long run. Such news is missing with regard to terrorism.

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Africa since Decolonization
The History and Politics of a Diverse Continent
, pp. 194 - 214
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Political Crises
  • Martin Welz, Universität Hamburg
  • Book: Africa since Decolonization
  • Online publication: 07 January 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108599566.010
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  • Political Crises
  • Martin Welz, Universität Hamburg
  • Book: Africa since Decolonization
  • Online publication: 07 January 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108599566.010
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  • Political Crises
  • Martin Welz, Universität Hamburg
  • Book: Africa since Decolonization
  • Online publication: 07 January 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108599566.010
Available formats
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