Dos Santos to Lourenco: Angola's transitional politics

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Review of - The author reviews three books about the recent history of Angola, discusses the transition from the long rule of José Eduardo dos Santos to that of his successor, João Lourenço, and evaluates the likelihood that the ruling party, the MPLA, will retain power in the national elections of August 2022. The books he reviews are Estelle Maussion, La dos Santos Company: Mainmise sur l’Angola (Paris: Editions Karthala, 2019), Paula Cristina Roque, Governing in the Shadows: Angola’s Securitised State (London: Hurst & Company, 2021) and Rui Santos Verde, Angola at the Crossroads: Between Kleptocracy and Development (London: I.B. Tauris, 2021).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-133
Number of pages13
JournalThe Governance Papers
Issue number1
Early online date1 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2021


  • Angola
  • transitional politics
  • Jose Eduardo dos Santos
  • Isabel dos Santos
  • Joao Lourenco
  • MPLA
  • civil war
  • economic crisis
  • leadership crisis
  • book club coup
  • finance
  • mineral resources
  • petrol


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