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When Soldiers Rebel

When Soldiers Rebel
Ethnic Armies and Political Instability in Africa

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  • Publication planned for: July 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108422475

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  • Military coups are a constant threat in Africa and many former military leaders are now in control of 'civilian states', yet the military remains understudied, especially over the last decade. Drawing on extensive archival research, cross-national data, and four in-depth comparative case studies, When Soldiers Rebel examines the causes of military coups in post-independence Africa and looks at the relationship between ethnic armies and political instability in the region. Kristen A. Harkness argues that the processes of creating and dismantling ethnically exclusionary state institutions engenders organized and violent political resistance. Focusing on rebellions to protect rather than change the status quo, Harkness sheds light on a mechanism of ethnic violence that helps us understand both the motivations and timing of rebellion, and the rarity of group rebellion in the face of persistent political and economic inequalities along ethnic lines.

    • Proposes and evaluates a new mechanism for explaining why ethnic groups rebel
    • Introduces new data on ethnic recruitment practices into African militaries
    • Brings ethnic dynamics back into the study of military coups
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    Advance praise: ‘Kristen A. Harkness has revived the important subject of military politics and ethnicity, and she has shown not merely whom the likely coup makers are but under what conditions they are likely to strike. This is a very valuable addition to the field.' Donald L. Horowitz, Duke University, North Carolina

    Advance praise: ‘When Soldiers Rebel is a path-breaking, highly original, and forceful book on the causes of coups in post-independence Africa. The case studies are thorough, engaging and persuasive. Compellingly written, When Soldiers Rebel is an elegant and extremely plausible answer to a very important and long-standing question of comparative and international politics.' Hein Goemans, University of Rochester

    Advance praise: ‘Harkness' impressive book sheds new light on the prevalence of military coups in ethnically divided African countries. Full of interesting data and carefully argued, her study convincingly demonstrates that the efforts of rulers to exclude formerly privileged groups often leads to rebellion. It will constitute essential reading for students of the military and ethnic conflict for the foreseeable future.' Nicholas Van de Walle, Cornell University

    Advance praise: ‘A major addition to the literature on ethnic conflict, African politics, and the dynamics of the state. Original, tough-minded, and compelling.' Richard English, author of Does Terrorism Work?: A History

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    • Publication planned for: July 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108422475
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Ethnicity, military patronage, and soldier rebellion
    2. Statistical tests: ethnic armies and the coup d'état
    3. Building ethnic armies: Cameroon and Sierra Leone
    4. Creating inclusive armies: Senegal and Ghana
    5. Dismantling ethnic armies: African militaries and demoncratization
    Conclusion
    Appendix A. Preindependence ethnic violence and ethnic politicization
    Appendix B. Military coup data
    Appendix C. Ethnicity and the military data
    Appendix D. Supplementary material for regression analysis.

  • Author

    Kristen A. Harkness, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Kristen A. Harkness is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research has been published in Democratization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and Parameters. Her work on ethnicity and African militaries won the 2017 African Politics Conference Group Best Article Award and is currently being funded by the British Academy.

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