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The map shows a country’s democracy score (Polity2) for 2017. Click on a country to obtain information on its current leader. Current leaders’ duration in office is shown in the graph below the map.
Disclaimer: In the map, Western Sahara inappropriately appears as part of Morocco due to technical reasons and not to a recognition of Morocco’s claims over the territory.

Leaders as of
Polity2 ()

Click on a country to view details


Current leaders' duration in office

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Select the “Indicator” to visualize the corresponding dynamic map. Select a "Subset" of countries based on geographical region or colonial past. Check or uncheck the "Leadership changes" checkbox to visualize leadership changes (and their types) taking place in any chosen year. Change year by using the slider or by clicking on the play button. Click on the map to see a country’s details.

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Select the “Indicator” to visualize the corresponding dynamic map. Select a "Subset" of countries based on geographical region or colonial past. Choose a country ("Country 1") to see the timeline of its leadership changes and, if needed, compare it with any other country ("Country 2"). Change the year range by using the slider. Click on a marker on the timeline to go back to the dynamic map.

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Use the first selector to visualize a barchart with the absolute (#) number of leadership changes or one with a relative (%) share. Use the second selector to visualize a barchart with the details for a given type of leadership changes. Choose how to sort the stacks by clicking on the legend items and dragging to re-order them. Click on a bar to go back to the dynamic map for a chosen year.

Leadership changes

Legend

    The Africa Leadership Change (ALC) dataset comprehensively accounts for the ways leaders reach and leave power in the region, records how these practices have evolved since modern independent countries emerged on the continent and allows for investigations into their broader implications. The dataset covers all leaders that held office in all fifty-four African states starting from 1960 (or subsequent year of independence).

    Number of country-year units of analysis (as of 1 June 2018): 2868
    Number of leaders recorded (as of 1 June 2018): 395 (including interim leaders)
    Number of leadership changes mapped (as of 1 June 2018): 340

    The ALC dataset is a project developed by Giovanni Carbone (ISPI and Università degli Studi di Milano) and Alessandro Pellegata (Università degli Studi di Milano).

    Here you can download:
    • A trial version of the Dataset (the complete version will be publicly available in early 2019)
    • The Codebook and additional data documentation

    The suggested citation for scholars who wish to use the dataset is: Giovanni Carbone and Alessandro Pellegata. Political Leadership in Africa. A Comparative Study of Sub-Saharan Leaders, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

    Other studies that employ ALC dataset:

    If you have comments, suggestions or requests, please feel free to contact us: g.carbone@unimi.italessandro.pellegata@unimi.it

    External sources employed for our data visualizations:
    Types of leadership change: Violent/Irregular Peaceful but non-electoral Electoral