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Title:Mauritius: the not so perfect democracy
Author:Kasenally, RoukayaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Volume:10
Issue:1
Pages:33-47
Language:English
Geographic term:Mauritius
Subject:political conditions
Abstract:As a result of its success in managing diversity and capitalising on protected markets and guaranteed export prices, Mauritius has emerged in recent decades as a democratic and economic model for its peers on the African continent. However, with the onset of globalization Mauritius is now entering a period of democratic stagnation as islanders confront the rise of ethnic and dynastic politics, the advent of political cronyism and patronage, the marginalization of minorities, and growing disenchantment with and cynicism about the political class. This article highlights what can be considered the numerous deficiencies and flaws in the highly celebrated Mauritian 'picture perfect model'. Due attention must be given to addressing these if a social, economic and political implosion is to be avoided. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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