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Title:Multi-party elections in Africa
Editors:Cowen, MichaelISNI
Laakso, LiisaISNI
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:0852558449; 0852558430
Geographic term:Africa
Abstract:This collective volume contains electoral studies of multiparty politics in fourteen African countries during the 1990s. Most are about national elections in anglophone Africa - Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. But there are also less well-known examples from Sudan, Ethiopia and Guinea-Bissau. The collection is enriched by studies of the 1998 local authority elections in Namibia and a significant by-election in Malawi. Questions addressed include: How did incumbent governing regimes learn to live with multiparty politics? Why have some elections been so closely fought while others have suffered from apathy? Why has there been relatively open political expression and activity when the elections have increased the political and economic manipulation by incumbent governments? Why have the elections of the 1990s been so marked by local and ethnic variations? Did this 'wave of democracy' result from pressure by donor countries? Contributors: Anthony Kwesi Aubynn, Michael Cowen, Atta El-Battahani, Harri Englund, Jeremy Gould, Karuti Kanyinga, Liisa Laakso, Michael Neocosmos, Sanna Ojalammi-Wamai, Adebayo O. Olukoshi, Tuulikki Pietilš, Eva Poluha, Lars Rudebeck, Iina Soiri, Simo Virtanen.