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Title:'The Kenyas we don't want': popular thought over constitutional review in Kenya, 2002
Author:Diepeveen, StephanieISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:constitutional reform
State-society relationship
Abstract:Evidence of political instability in Kenya emerged through the organized and spontaneous violence following the 2007 elections. Understanding the underlying reasons for popular contestations of power and involvement in violence depends on understanding Kenyans' perceptions of existing and desirable political institutions. By analysing recommendations made in the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission public hearings in each province in 2002, this article explores the viewpoints of those outside high politics in Kenya, teasing out the continuities and divergences in popular thought about political relations in Kenya at the end of the Moi years. It thus provides insights into how Kenyans understand their relationship with those in power, revealing that amidst diverse experiences, disillusionment pervades Kenyans' perceptions of political relations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]