Constitutions &Conflict Management in Africa

Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design

Alan J. Kuperman



With detailed comparative studies of Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, contributing scholars identify key turning points at which a state's political institutions either mitigated or escalated the effects of economic, environmental, demographic, and political shocks. They find that stability can be promoted by various constitutional designs.


The book fills a gap in the market as there are relatively few sophisticated analyses of African constitutional design and its relationship with conflict management. - International Journal of Constitutional Law


Alan J. Kuperman is Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.