Democratic transitions in the early 1990s introduced a sea change in Sub-Saharan African politics. Between 1990 and 2015, several hundred competitive legislative and presidential elections were held in all but a handful of the region's countries. This book is the first comprehensive comparative analysis of the key issues, actors, and trends in these elections over the last quarter century. The book asks: what motivates African citizens to vote? What issues do candidates campaign on? How has the turn to regular elections promoted greater democracy? Has regular electoral competition made a difference for the welfare of citizens? The authors argue that regular elections have both caused significant changes in African politics and been influenced in turn by a rapidly changing continent - even if few of the political systems that now convene elections can be considered democratic, and even if many old features of African politics persist
The puzzle of electoral continuity -- The evolution of electoral competition, 1990-2015 -- The impact of elections on democracy -- Political parties and electoral competition -- Candidates and electoral campaigns -- Analyzing issues in presidential campaigns -- The African voter -- Do African elections matter?
Includes bibliographical references and index
Erscheint auch als Druck-Ausgabe Bleck, Jaimie, 1980 - Electoral politics in Africa since 1990 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019 ISBN 9781107162082
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Van de Walle, Nicolas 1957-