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Title:'Democratisation' and the consolidation of political authority in post-war Angola
Author:Schubert, JonISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 0305-7070)
Volume:36
Issue:3
Pages:657-672
Language:English
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:authoritarianism
elections
2008
MPLA
democratization
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057070.2010.507572
Abstract:The advent of peace in Angola, in 2002, raised hopes that the end of the civil war would entail a gradual opening of political space, and allow for increasing democratic plurality and civil liberties. This article argues that the government of Josť Eduardo dos Santos is actually reinforcing its control over all aspects of social, economic and political life. Although the elections of 5 and 6 September 2008 were considered 'credible and transparent' by international observer missions, the MPLA's triumph at the elections did not come as a surprise. The analysis of the voter registration process in 2007 shows how the government of Angola used discourses of democratization as a resource to consolidate its power, extending its control over associations of civil society, thus paving the way for an overwhelming electoral victory. The article describes the government's strategies during the voter registration process, to see how - in this very specific field - the government's authority is enacted, and how the State extends its control over civil society organizations. It considers how these tendencies fit into the broader discussions about democracy and post-war transitions, and what the implications might be for donor assistance for democratization. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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