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Title:Recurring patterns in Liberian politics during the First Republic
Author:Guannu, Joseph SayeISNI
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:political history
political change
political parties
Abstract:Taking a panoramic view of Liberian politics during the First Republic, this paper shows that party politics became punctuated by various patterns. Beginning in 1848, a pattern emerged where the government of the victorious party absorbed the top leadership of the defeated party. This pattern is referred to as the pattern of cooption. In 1871, a second pattern originated: election rigging or ballot fixing. In 1885, a third pattern became manifest, identified as violence, occasionally attended by harassment and intimidation. Finally, in the 1955 election, banning of the opposition appeared as the fourth pattern in Liberian party politics. This paper examines the motives and impact of these negative patterns on political systems generally and on the Liberian political system in particular. It argues that these patterns contributed to the political underdevelopment of the First Liberian Republic and slowed the process of nationbuilding. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]