Do Inclusive Elite Bargains Matter?
A Research Framework for Understanding the Causes of Civil War in Sub-Saharan Africa
This paper examines civil war in sub-Saharan Africa. The author reviews the five most influential theoretical approaches in the civil war literature and argues that they fall short of explaining the observed differences in political stability. He outlines an alternative approach to the study of civil war focusing on differences in the inclusiveness of elite politics.
© 2008 S. Lindemann