Ethnic Politics and Democratic Transition in Rwanda

By David E. Kiwuwa

© 2012 – Routledge

210 pages

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About the Book

This book offers an examination of how a deeply divided post-conflict society embarks on democratic transition. Using Rwanda as the case study, it combines analysis of democratic transition and ethnopolitical debate, asking why deeply divided ethnic societies have a tendency to fail.

Though marginalised in existing literature on democratic transition, this path-breaking book shows how ethnicity has a significant impact on the direction and success of democratic process. The initial failure of democratic transition in Rwanda shows that the current regime will need to be sensitive to ethnicity, ethnopolitical consciousness and mobility in order to be successful in its second transition attempt. Based on key informant interviews, participant observation and primary resources, this book develops beyond the case study of Rwanda to posit a new framework that integrates variables of unity, equality, trust and institutional engineering in an integrative model to study and evaluate democratic transition in divided or post-conflict society.

Ethnic Politics and Democratic Transition in Rwanda will be of interest to students and scholars of democratization, democracy, and ethnic politics and conflict.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. A General Theoretical Analysis: Ethnicity (ethnopolitics) and Democratic Transition 2. The Fallacy of Existing Transition Models: Consociationalism Revisited 3. Rwanda: The Pre-colonial and Colonial Background 4. The First Republic (1959 – 1973) 5. When Democratic Transition Killed 6. Slouching Towards Democratic Transition 7. Crowning the Transition? The 2003 Legislative and Presidential Elections Conclusion

About the Author

David E. Kiwuwa is an Assistant Professor in the School of International Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.

About the Series

Democratization Studies

(Formerly Democratization Studies, Frank Cass)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL007000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POL016000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General