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Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Gabrielle Lynch, Peter VonDoepp


512 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138081246
pub: 2019-07-22
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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 over 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The politics and paths of regime development

1. Neopatrimonialism and democracy

Rachel Sigman, Staffan I. Lindberg

2. Pathways to democracy

Nic Cheeseman

3. Post-conflict democratization and power-sharing

Andreas Mehler

4. The impact of foreign aid

Tessa Devereaux Evans, Nicolas van de Walle

5. Natural resources

Cyril Obi

Part 2: Institutional dynamics

6. Federalism and devolution

Mai Hassan

7. The struggle for presidential term limits

Boniface Dulani

8. Executive power and horizontal development

Landry Signe

9. The politics of legislative development

Ken Ochieng' Opalo

10. Judicial power

Rachel Ellett

11. Militaries

Kristen A. Harkness

12. Electoral administration

Mamoudou Gazibo

Part 3: Political mobilization and voting dynamics

13. Voting behavior

James D. Long

14. Clientelism

Jorge Gallego, Leonard Wantchekon

15. Campaign strategies

Eric Kramon

16. Political parties and party systems

Alexander Stroh

17. Opposition coalitions

Nicole Beardsworth

18. The use of electoral violence

Dorina A. Bekoe and Stephanie M. Burchard

Part 4: The politics of identity

19. Christianity and democracy

Amy Patterson

20. Islam and democracy

Brandon Kendhammer

21. Gender politics

Martha C. Johnson, Melanie L. Phillips

22. Ethnic politics

Dominika Koter

23. Generational dynamics and the politics of youth

Ransford Gyampo

Part 5: Social forces from below

24. Public opinion and democratic legitimacy

Robert Mattes

25. Civil society

Peter VonDoepp

26. Digital media, networked spaces, and politics

Wisdom J. Tettey

27. Popular protest and accountability

Lisa Mueller

28. Urban politics

Danielle Resnick

Part 6: The consequences of democracy

29. Economic growth and development

Peter M. Lewis

30. Corruption

Dominic Burbidge, Mark Philp

31. Sexual minority rights

Kuukuwa Andam, Marc Epprecht

32. Citizenship

Sara Rich Dorman

About the Editors

Gabrielle Lynch is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Warwick, UK.

Peter VonDoepp is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy