The Military and Politics in Africa: From Intervention to Democratic Control

This work has two major objectives. First, it examines the various aspects of the involvement of the military as governors in the politics of African states. Second, it offers some suggestions on ways in which constitutional and political strategies can be used to control the military's recurrent intervention in politics in Africa. Unlike other publications on the military and politics in Africa which focus on one or two aspects of the involvement of the military in African politics, this study provides a comprehensive evaluation of the various aspects of military intervention. It aims to provide insights into the military's role in African politics from initial intervention to the performance of military regimes, as well as to disengagement, reengagement, consolidation and finally, the offering of ways to control the problem of intervention. This analysis provides an opportunity for the reader to examine the problem in a sequential and systematic manner.