n Africa Insight - The nature of constitutions and the ‘Anglophone conflict’ in Cameroon

Volume 49 Number 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This paper addresses the domestic issues responsible for the outbreak of the ‘Anglophone conflict’ in Cameroon. It also explores pathways for resolving the conflict. Using a qualitative approach, the paper shows that constitutions of a non-self-enforcing nature form the basis of Anglophone unrest in Cameroon, and that state repression of record intensity and scale triggered the conflict. The paper argues that self-enforcing constitutions are more likely to mitigate breakaway attempts affecting over 30 African countries than constitutions that ignore the historical and socio-cultural specificities of the various social components of African states.

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