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Political Parties in Africa: Ethnicity and Party Formation
1. Introduction 2. A new framework for comparison for political parties 3. Kenya: the ubiquity of ethnic parties 4. Namibia: the dominance of non-ethnic parties 5. Ghana: the ubiquity of non-ethnicExpand
Ethnic Coalitions of Convenience and Commitment: Political Parties and Party Systems in Kenya
This paper analyzes the role of ethnicity in shaping the character of Kenya's political parties and its party system since 1992. Drawing on a constructivist conception of ethnicity, it uses aExpand
Measuring and comparing party ideology in nonindustrialized societies: taking party manifesto research to Africa
Despite a growing interest in African political parties, no comparative analyses of political ideology in Africa have been undertaken to date. This study addresses this shortcoming by applying theExpand
Contemporary Civil-Military Relations in the Sahel
The paper examines the evolution and the contemporary state of civil-military relations in the francophone Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal). In a first step, the paperExpand
Ethnic politics and state power in Africa. The logic of the coup-civil war trap by Philip Roessler
What causes African civil wars? Philip Roessler’s new book takes a new look at a longstanding puzzle. According to Roessler, Africa’s ethnic leaders (“big men”) face a dilemma: Weak statehood requi...
“Partisan Politics Was Making People Angry”: The Rise and Fall of Political Salafism in Kenya
ABSTRACT The political fallout from the Arab spring and the growth of Salafism elsewhere have sparked a new debate about the merits of political Salafism. This article retraces the trajectory ofExpand
Autocratic legacies and state management of Islamic activism in Niger
In contrast to similar organizations in its neighbouring countries, Niger’s domestic Salafi associations have remained peaceful and apolitical. Drawing on historical institutionalist scholarship andExpand
Contingent Democrats in Action: Organized Labor and Regime Change in the Republic of Niger
The effects of organized labor on regime change in developing countries are not clear-cut. Optimists argue that union agitation is conducive to both democratic transition and consolidation processes.Expand