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The quality of democracy in Africa : opposition competitiveness rooted in legacies of cleavages

Author: Jonathan van Eerd
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
Series: Challenges to democracy in the 21st century series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book shows that democratization in sub-Saharan Africa can be successful, even if the government remains dominated by one major political party. If an institutionalized and strong opposition party -- even when too weak to take power -- challenges the dominant government party, the quality of democracy improves substantially. The comparative study demonstrates that competitive opposition parties in dominant party  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)962889296
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan van Eerd
ISBN: 9783319508382 3319508385
OCLC Number: 982121289
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Chapter 1: Introduction --
Chapter 2: The Conceptualization of Opposition Competitiveness and its Significance for Dominant Party System Responsiveness --
Chapter 3: Explanations for Dierent Opposition Competitiveness Degrees in African Dominant Party Systems.-Chapter 4: Comparative Historical Explanation of Contemporary Opposition Competitiveness Degrees in Four Crucial Cases --
Chapter 5: Party System Responsiveness in Contemporary Botswana, Lesotho, Ghana and Mali --
Chapter 6: General Conclusion.
Series Title: Challenges to democracy in the 21st century series.
Responsibility: Jonathan van Eerd.

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The comparative study demonstrates that competitive opposition parties in dominant party systems are rooted in the historical legacy of political cleavages related to de-colonization that precede the  Read more...

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