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Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa

Edited by: Gabrielle Lynch , Peter VonDoepp

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138081246
eBook ISBN: 9781315112978
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This volume explores the issues and debates surrounding the ongoing processes of democratization in sub-Saharan Africa, illuminating the central dynamics characterizing Africa?s democratic experiments, and considering the connections between democratization and economic, social, and cultural developments on the continent.

Reflecting the diverse and rich nature of this field of study, the Handbook of Democratization in Africa features more than thirty contributions structured into six thematic sections:

  • The politics and paths of regime development
  • Institutional dynamics
  • Political mobilization and voting dynamics
  • The politics of identity
  • Social forces from below
  • The consequences of democracy.

Chapters offer overviews of the key scholarship on particular topics, including central insights from the latest research, and provide suggestions for those interested in further inquiry. The material includes attention to broad cross-continental patterns, for example with respect to public opinion, political violence, or the role of different institutions and actors. It also includes rich case material, drawing on and highlighting the experiences of a diverse collection of countries.

Encouraging a comprehensive view of key concerns and enhancing understanding of particular issues, the Handbook of Democratization in Africa represents a critical resource for experts and students of African politics, democratization, and African studies.

Chapter 18 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Neopatrimonialism and democracy Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Pathways to democracy Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Post-conflict democratization and power-sharing Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The impact of foreign aid Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Natural resources Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Federalism and devolution Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The struggle for presidential term limits Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Executive power and horizontal accountability  Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The politics of legislative development Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Judicial power Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Militaries Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Electoral administration Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Voting behavior Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Clientelism Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Campaign strategies Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Political parties and party systems Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Opposition coalitions Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The use of electoral violence Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Christianity and democracy Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Islam and democracy Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Gender politics Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Ethnic politics  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Generational dynamics and youth politics Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Public opinion and democratic legitimacy Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Civil society Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Digital media, networked spaces, and politics Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Popular protest and accountability Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Urban politics Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Economic growth and development Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Sexual minority rights Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Citizenship Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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