Turning Points in African Democracy

A team of scholars examine the radical political changes that have taken place since 1990 in eleven key countries in Africa.
Date Published :
November 2010
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Editor :
Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Lindsay Whitfield
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781847013163
Pages : 255
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Radical changes have taken place in Africa since 1990. What are the realities of these changes? What significant differences have emerged between African countries? What is the future for democracy in the continent? The editors have chosen eleven key countries to provide enlightening comparisons and contrasts to stimulate discussion among students. They have brought together a team of scholars who are actively working in the changing Africa of today. Each chapter is structured around a framing event which defines the experience of democratisation. The editors have provided an overview of the turning points in African politics. They engage with debates on how to study and evaluate democracy in Africa, such as the limits of elections. They identify four major themes with which to examine similarities and divergences as well as to explain change and continuity in what happened in the past. Abdul Raufu Mustapha is University Lecturer in African Politics at Queen Elizabeth House and Kirk-Greene Fellow at St Antony's College, University of Oxford; Lindsay Whitfield is a Research Fellow at the Danish Institute of International Studies, Copenhagen.


Foreword by Laurence WhiteheadAfrican democratisation: the journey so far - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and Lindsay WhitfieldSenegal since 2000: rebuilding hegemony in a global age - Tarik Dahou and Vincent FoucherCote d'Ivoire since1993: the risky reinvention of the nation - Francis AkindesGhana since 1993: a successful democratic experiment? - Lindsay WhitfieldNigeria since 1999: a revolving door syndrome or the consolidation of democracy? - Abdul Raufu MustaphaKenya since 2002: the more things change the more they stay the same - Nic CheesemanZambia since 1990: paradoxes of democratic transition - Miles LarmerSouth Africa since 1994: who holds power after apartheid? - Jeremy SeekingsMozambique since 1989: shaping democracy after socialism - Eric Morier-GenoudRwanda & Burundi since 1994: an end to the discriminatory state? - Patricia DaleyZimbabwe since 1997: land & the legacies of war - Jocelyn AlexanderConclusion: the politics of African states in the era of democratisation - Lindsay Whitfield and Abdul Raufu Mustapha

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