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Title: Sieges and scapegoats: the politics of pluralism in Ghana and Togo.
Authors: Brown, D. 
Issue Date: 1983
Citation: Brown, D. (1983). Sieges and scapegoats: the politics of pluralism in Ghana and Togo.. Journal of Modern African Studies 21 (3) : 431-460. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Two problems arise when the pluralist perspective is applied to particular states. Firstly, why have some communal cleavages been more significant than others? How are we to explain rapid fluctuations? Secondly, why have some leaders apparently promoted distrust of particular groups whereas most have been overtly neutral at the level of ideology? Argues that the political significance of ethno-regional rivalries in Togo and Ghana derives from: socioeconomic disparities between regions and communities; suspicion between those who perceive each other in ethnic terms; the ethnic element in factional confrontations between political elites; and the propagation by elite leaderships of the notion of an 'ethnic threat' to stability. -B.W.Beeley
Source Title: Journal of Modern African Studies
ISSN: 0022278X
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