The institutional forms and processes of democracy are spreading in Africa as dictatorial regimes have been forced to give way. But democratic form and democratic substance are two different things. Western-derived institutional forms are neither necessarily the most appropriate nor the most practical in the current African context, and rooting democratic norms in African political cultures raises socio-cultural questions. 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 behaviour; the impact of incumbency on electoral competition; women's participation; and the lack of choice in party programmes. The fundamental issue is whether democratic processes as currently practised in Africa are really making any difference.Biografía del autor:
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo is professor of political science at Wells College and holds positions at Cornell University, Hiroshima University and Universite de Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire. The contributors are African scholars. The book is published with CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
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