Coups and Army Rule in Africa: Studies in Military Style; Civil-Military Relations in Sierra Leone: A Case Study of African Soldiers in Politics

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Coups and Army Rule in Africa: Studies in Military Style

By Samuel Decalo
Yale University Press, 1976
284 pp. $17.50
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Civil-Military Relations in Sierra Leone: A Case Study of African Soldiers in Politics

By Thomas S. Cox
Harvard University Press, 1976
271 pp. $14.00
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In Decalo's view, current theory about military intervention in African politics does not sufficiently emphasize the internal structure of each country's military and the idiosyncracies of their leaders. From studies of Togo, Dahomey, the Congo and Uganda, he concludes that the most significant factor in military regime stability is consistency and equity in army promotions and benefits. Cox analyzes the interaction with civilian elites which has characterized the role of the military in Sierra Leone politics.