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Title:The Local Appropriation of Democracy: An Analysis of the Municipal Elections in Parakou, Republic of Benin, 2002-03
Author:Bierschenk, ThomasISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:44
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:543-571
Language:English
Geographic term:Benin
Subjects:elections
2002
2003
local politics
democracy
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4486703
Abstract:Ever since the 'democratic renewal' of 1989-1990, Benin has been regarded as a model democracy in the African context. The holding of local elections in 2002-2003 can be seen as the culmination of this turn to democracy. Donors attach high expectations to decentralization and local democracy. Based on an empirical analysis of municipal elections in Parakou, the country's third-largest city, the paper tries to gauge whether these expectations have been realized. The paper argues that while multiparty democracy has been instituted under considerable pressure from the outside, the particular form it has taken derives instead from rationales of national and local politics which go back to the late colonial period, and from recent developments in Benin's rent-based economy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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