Accession Number:

ADA556556

Title:

Impact of Military Coups d'etat on West Africa's Socio-Economic and Political Development

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-12-16

Pagination or Media Count:

90.0

Abstract:

Following the period from 1957-1960, when most countries in West Africa broke loose from colonialism and became independent, the need for an integrated and classless society was one of paramount concern to most, if not all, West Africans. But as the former colonies of European powers began to gain independence from their colonial masters, the educated class eventually dominated and controlled the political landscape of their respective countries. These educated elites who formed the leadership of West African countries had inherent authority over their militaries, but they rarely used their armed forces in the traditional way. Instead, these militaries were being used by politicians as an instrument of fear against the citizenry. Thus began the rise of West African militaries to seize control of state power through military coup detats. This thesis will explore the various causes and effects of the staggering number of military coups in the West African Region from 1980 to 2000. The primary research question is as follows How have these military coups detat affected the socioeconomic and political development of West Africa The thesis also addresses the following secondary questions What are the factors that gave rise to the military coups in the first place Were the military coups truly necessary What could have been done to prevent the military coups and What do military coups mean for the lives of the ordinary citizens of the subregion

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE