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Author Riedl, Rachel Beatty
Title Authoritarian origins of democratic party systems in Africa / Rachel Beatty Riedl, Northwestern University
Imprint New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014
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 人文社會聯圖  JQ1879.A795 R54 2014    AVAILABLE    30650020061012
Descript xix, 265 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Note 1. A theory of party system variation -- 2. Variations in party system institutionalization in Africa -- 3. Competing explanations: from colonial rule to new democratic institutions -- 5. Authoritarian power and transition control -- 6. The emergence and endurance of the multiparty system -- 7. Africa and beyond: party systems in new democracies
"Why have seemingly similar African countries developed very different forms of democratic party systems? Despite virtually ubiquitous conditions that are assumed to be challenging to democracy – low levels of economic development, high ethnic heterogeneity, and weak state capacity – nearly two dozen African countries have maintained democratic competition since the early 1990s. Yet the forms of party system competition vary greatly: from highly stable, nationally organized, well-institutionalized party systems to incredibly volatile, particularistic parties in systems with low institutionalization. To explain their divergent development, Rachel Beatty Riedl points to earlier authoritarian strategies to consolidate support and maintain power. The initial stages of democratic opening provides an opportunity for authoritarian incumbents to attempt to shape the rules of the new multiparty system in their own interests, but their power to do so depends on the extent of local support built up over time. The particular form of the party system that emerges from the democratic transition is sustained over time through isomorphic competitive pressures embodied in the new rules of the game, the forms of party organization and the competitive strategies that shape party and voter behavior alike"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-252) and index
Subject Political parties -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Politics and government
Democratization -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Democracy -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Political parties -- Ghana
Ghana -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Democratization -- Ghana
Democracy -- Ghana
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General. bisacsh
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