This book draws on the experiences of particular African elections and countries to explore the continuing impact of police state apparatuses; the factors influencing voters' attitudes and behavior; the impact of incumbency on electoral competition; women's participation; and the lack of choice in party programs. The fundamental issue is whether democratic processes as currently practiced in Africa are really making any difference.
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Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo is Professor of Political Science at Wells College and holds positions at Cornell University, Hiroshima University and Université de Cocody, Côte d'Ivoire.Review:
'An important, well-grounded and stimulating contribution to current debates on democratisation, both in Africa and globally.' New Agenda 'An informative book...Eight African scholars question what is actually on offer with liberal democracy, which today all too easily equates with rampant free-market ideology while social democracy remains off the agenda...the questions asked in this book should also be asked in Washington and Whitehall.' Tribune
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