Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Party Systems in Young Democracies

Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition

By Edalina Rodrigues Sanches


202 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Institutionalization has become a paramount concept to compare party systems in regions spanned by the third wave of democratization.

Based on raw electoral data from 30 sub-Saharan African countries observed between 1966 and 2016, this text explores the causes and mechanisms of Party System Institutionalization (PSI) and its relationship with the processes of mobilization and democratization. Posing key theoretical and empirical questions in cross-regional comparison, it examines and reveals the defining properties of PSI, how they should be measured and under what conditions it varies. In doing so, it contributes with a new explanatory framework of party system development – that gives primacy to modes of transition, political institutions and party-citizen linkages – to further cross-regional comparisons among third-wave party systems.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of democratization, elections, and African politics, and more broadly to comparative politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Researching Party System Institutionalization

2. Varieties of Party System Institutionalization

3. Explaining Diversity: An Eclectic Analysis of Party System Institutionalization

4. Cape Verde: An Adequately Institutionalized Party System

5. Zambia: An Inadequately Institutionalized Party System

6. Mozambique: An Overinstitutionalized Party System

7. Conclusion: Converging Trends of Party System Development? Africa from a Comparative Perspective

About the Author

Edalina Rodrigues Sanches is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Lisbon and the New University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is also a guest Assistant Professor at University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems

This new series focuses on major issues affecting political parties in a broad sense. Therefore, we welcome any high-quality suggestions for edited, single or co-authored books dealing with political parties and party systems in Europe and beyond (by which we mean we are also open to comparative projects examining regions outside of Europe). In particular, we would like to invite book proposals that aim to improve our present understanding of political parties and party system through the examination of the following issues:

  • the crisis of political parties and the challenges party organizations face in the contemporary world
  • the increasing internal complexity of party organizations in terms of regulation, funding, membership, etc.
  • the more frequent presence of party system change
  • the development of political parties and party systems in under-researched countries

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