© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156921008X318745 African and Asian Studies 7 (2008) 217-233 www.brill.nl/aas African and Asian Studies A A S Island Microstates and Political Contention: An Exploratory Analysis of Cape Verde and Comoros Timothy S. Rich Political Science Department, 329 Woodburn Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Microstates, and especially island microstates, are routinely absent in cross-national studies of political contention, despite several structural conditions that seem to make anti-state action more likely in these countries. Th rough a structured comparative analysis of two African island microstates, Cape Verde and Comoros, this paper intends to uncover correlations between struc- tural and institutional conditions and levels of political contention. While several structural factors may make contention more probable in island microstates, this analysis suggests that four variables – international aid, representative institutions, emigration opportunities, and political stability are correlated with levels of contention. Keywords microstates, contention, emigration, Cape Verde, Comoros Introduction Microstates, especially island microstates, are routinely ignored in cross-national studies. 1 By their absence, scholars either assume that microstates follow simi- lar patterns as their larger counterparts or that their anomalous path is not worth analysis. Th eories of contentious politics
African and Asian Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: CONTENTION; COMOROS; CAPE VERDE; MICROSTATES; EMIGRATION
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