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Title:Does Democracy Help Africa? An Inquiry into Multiparty Democracy, Political Settlement, and Economic Development in Africa
Author:Koper, MartinISNI
Year:2018
ISSN:1876-0198
Issue:71
Pages:240
Language:English
Series:African Studies Collection
City:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
ISBN:9789054481713
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:democracy
multiparty systems
economic development
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/1887/68345
Abstract:Western donor countries consider a proper functioning multiparty democracy as one of the most import conditions for achieving more legitimate governance and subsequently economic development and reduction of poverty in their partner countries. Support to free and fair elections is an integral part of the 'good governance' agenda of the traditional donor community. On the basis of the findings of this study, it appears however that it is not so much the acceptance of Western type political institutions or compliance with generally endorsed liberal-democratic standards that determine the possibilities for developing countries to achieve economic transformation and substantial poverty reduction, but rather the nature of the political settlement among the political elites.
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