Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspective - Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Paperback)
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Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspective - Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Paperback)

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Paperback 332 Pages / Published: 13/08/1997
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Between 1989 and 1994, 41 out of 47 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa underwent significant political reform, including in many cases the first competitive elections in a generation. How can this wave of political liberalization be explained? Why did some countries complete a democratic transition, while others could not sustain more than limited political reform and others still suffered authoritarian reversals? What are the long term prospects for democracy in Africa? This study constitutes the first comprehensive analysis of democratic transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Using an original data set they assembled, the authors demonstrate that economic and international forces often provided the context in which political liberalization occurred, but cannot by themselves explain the observed outcomes. Instead, the authors develop a political-institutional theoretical framework in which the distinctive political traditions of Africa's neopatrimonial states are shown to have powerfully shaped the regime transitions.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521556125
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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'Bratton and van de Walle present the most systematic attempt yet undertaken to analyse political change in Africa during the 1990s from a comparative politics perspective ... This thought-provoking book is undoubtedly a very significant contribution to the scholarly debate on the struggle for democracy in Africa. What the authors do they do extremely well ... [and] one of the greatest achievements of this book is to raise a whole series of important questions and hypotheses which can then be focused back into specific African states.' John A. Wiseman
'The authors set out clearly what they are seeking to achieve, and then pursue their objectives methodically with well-structured arguments and a wealth of statistics ... the book breaks new ground in the range of material it contains, and it will provide a starting point for many academic debates.' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
"...a major work with which all who subsequently write on the subject of transitions on developing countries will have to wrestle. The scholarly effort is also excellent evidence of why the current debate on regional studies versus comparative politics is so empty and sterile. The authors have learned much from the general comparative literature, and through intensive study of a region they are able to contribute much to the general scholarly dialogue. The entire field of comparative politics is enriched by their efforts." Jeffrey Herbst, Political Science Quarterly
"...many stimulating ways of looking at democratization." Gail M. Gerhert, Foreign Affairs
"Democratic Experiments in Africa is an ambitious and important book that should be read by every serious student of democratization and by every serious student of African politics. Democratic Experiments in Africa...is a major benchmark against which future studies of democratization in Africa should be judged." Joel D. Barkan, Journal of Democracy
"This work sets high standards for both empirical and theoretical scholarship which will undoubtedly energize theoretical debates." Dan Ottemoeller, African Studies Review
"Democratic Experiments in Africa illustrates the analytic leverage regime typologies offer in explaining cross-national variations in transitions to democracy, Bratton and van de Walle highlight three important ways that the type of nondemocratic regime shapes democratization processes." Comparative Politics

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