Political Networks Across Dictatorships

Authors: Clionadh Raleigh*, University of Sussex
Topics: Africa, Political Geography
Keywords: Networks, political geography, Africa
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Empire Room, Omni, West
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This paper explores how dictatorships across African states are constructed on networks of national and subnational elites. In particular, it explores how the political survival of regimes is determined by factional co-option within political networks. However, political survival in each country surveyed here is based on distinct patterns of co-option, largely depending on where leaders are vulnerable and what they have available as means to encourage loyalty. The consequences of political manipulation across elites is that regimes are volatile, inconsistent and not engaged in governance, but political competition.

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