Turning Points in African Democracy

November 2010
255 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
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James Currey
BISAC POL007000, HIS001000

Turning Points in African Democracy

Lindsay Whitfield

Edited by Abdul Raufu Mustapha

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A team of scholars examine the radical political changes that have taken place since 1990 in eleven key countries in Africa.
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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Laurence Whitehead
African democratisation: the journey so far - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and Lindsay Whitfield
Senegal since 2000: rebuilding hegemony in a global age - Tarik Dahou and Vincent Foucher
Cote d'Ivoire since1993: the risky reinvention of the nation - Francis Akindes
Ghana since 1993: a successful democratic experiment? - Lindsay Whitfield
Nigeria since 1999: a revolving door syndrome or the consolidation of democracy? - Abdul Raufu Mustapha
Kenya since 2002: the more things change the more they stay the same - Nic Cheeseman
Zambia since 1990: paradoxes of democratic transition - Miles Larmer
South Africa since 1994: who holds power after apartheid? - Jeremy Seekings
Mozambique since 1989: shaping democracy after socialism - Eric Morier-Genoud
Rwanda & Burundi since 1994: an end to the discriminatory state? - Patricia Daley
Zimbabwe since 1997: land & the legacies of war - Jocelyn Alexander
Conclusion: the politics of African states in the era of democratisation - Lindsay Whitfield and Abdul Raufu Mustapha


A welcome addition to the scholarly and policy discourse [and] a useful initiation for students of African politics. [...] The rich contextual accounts and the strong concluding analysis make the book a must-read as a general overview of democratisation on the continent. JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES

An insightful introduction and conclusion help the reader compare national experiences and put the cases in the context of the varied trajectories of democracy on the African continent. Highly recommended. CHOICE

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