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Title:Nigeria and democratic progress by elections in Africa
Authors:Carbone, GiovanniISNI
Cassani, Andrea
Year:2016
Periodical:Africa Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Volume:51
Issue:3
Pages:33-59
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Nigeria
Subjects:elections
democratization
External link:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/986/993
Abstract:Elections do not always advance democratisation, yet they can. The authors outline a democratisation-by-elections model according to which the opportunities for political change opened up by each electoral round build on previous election-related democratic progress. They focus on Nigeria, interpret the recent executive turnover in light of previous elections, and set the country within the comparative context of Africa's democratisation. Using a new Africa Leadership Change dataset, they use election-related events to examine the diverse routes that African regimes have taken since 1990. The analysis highlights two major syndromes: democratic stagnation and recession. In a sizeable group, however, the institutionalisation of democracy has been making gradual progress. While there is no predetermined way to advance democracy, the reiteration of elections can be instrumental in such advancement. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract]
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