First published in 1982, this book aims to examine the role that ruling military governments have played in African development. Dr Odetola discusses military organisational values and skills in modernisation and argues that the evocation and application of these values and skills depends on the character of the leadership of individual ruling juntas, their degree of professional training, proximity to civilian society and so on. He also investigates the relationship between the ruling military and existing social classes.
1. Military Regimes and Development: Contrasting Viewpoints 2. Military Organisational Values and Skills as Modernising Instruments 3. Military and Social Classes 4. Military Nationalism and State Power 5. The Military and National Economy 6. Military Regimes and Political Change 7. Military Regimes, Social Policy and Planning 8. Conclusions