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Contemporary Nigerian politics : competition in a time of transition and terror

Author: A Carl LeVan
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : No Linguistic Content
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In 2015, Nigeria's voters cast out the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). Here, A. Carl LeVan traces the political vulnerability of Africa's largest party in the face of elite bargains that facilitated a democratic transition in 1999. These 'pacts' enabled electoral competition but ultimately undermined the party's coherence. LeVan also crucially examines the four critical barriers to Nigeria's democratic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A Carl LeVan
ISBN: 9781108560467 1108560466
OCLC Number: 1084655913
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 287 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
The end of a new beginning: Nigeria's transition, 1999-2015 --
The rational counterterrorist? Economic policy and insurgent insecurity in Nigeria's 2015 presidential campaign --
Voting against violence? Economic uncertainty and physical insecurity in 2015 --
Electoral integrity, ethnic affinity and religious revival in Nigeria's party turnover --
Subnational subversion and institutional stress --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: A. Carl LeVan.

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In 2015, Nigeria's voters cast out the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). Here, A. Carl LeVan traces the political vulnerability of Africa's largest party in the face of elite bargains that facilitated a democratic transition in 1999. These 'pacts' enabled electoral competition but ultimately undermined the party's coherence. LeVan also crucially examines the four critical barriers to Nigeria's democratic consolidation: the terrorism of Boko Haram in the northeast, threats of Igbo secession in the southeast, lingering ethnic resentments and rebellions in the Niger Delta, and farmer-pastoralist conflicts. While the PDP unsuccessfully stoked fears about the opposition's ability to stop Boko Haram's terrorism, the opposition built a winning electoral coalition on economic growth, anti-corruption, and electoral integrity. Drawing on extensive interviews with a number of politicians and generals and civilians and voters, he argues that electoral accountability is essential but insufficient for resolving the representational, distributional, and cultural components of these challenges.

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