Elite Political Instability in Sub-Saharan Africa

From Emergent Africa Thu Jan 31 2013, 06:00:00

Look at this map on global relative coup risk. Ken Opalo writes:

The one thing that jumps at you from his global relative coup risk map is Sub-Saharan Africa's over-representation in the highest risk category of states.Why does Sub-Saharan Africa have much higher relative levels of predicted elite political instability?

The political science literature has varied answers including: high levels of poverty, state incapacity, high levels of ethnic fractionalization and or polarization, limited state consolidation due to having relatively young states, etc.

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