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Title:Multiparty democracy in Liberia: the historical, cultural and social factors that explain the nature of political competition
Author:Konneh, AugustineISNI
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal (ISSN 0024-1989)
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:multiparty systems
political parties
Abstract:The paper examines the experiment of multiparty democracy in Liberia, with a focus on the role played by political history, social and economic factors in influencing the political environment, and its effect in molding a political culture that supports accommodation and tolerance in the competition between, and among, political parties. The objective is to understand whether or not a multiparty system tends to produce or support the development of a stable democratic system in Liberia. The study examines the effect of socio-cultural factors and the impact of history on the operation of the multiparty system introduced after the end of Liberia's second civil war, by using a historical approach to collect and examine facts involving interviews and a brief questionnaire. The author states that in order for a multiparty system to work in a fair and democratic manner, elections need to be free and fair as guided by law. Thus an electoral commission was founded: the Independent Election Commission (IECOM). The paper describes how the commission does its work and unfolds the electoral process involved mentioning the various parties which took part in the elections of 1997, 2005 and 2011. App., bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]