Does democracy help Africa? : an inquiry into multiparty democracy, political settlement, and economic development in Africa

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Does democracy help Africa? : an inquiry into multiparty democracy, political settlement, and economic development in Africa

Type: Book (monograph)
Title: Does democracy help Africa? : an inquiry into multiparty democracy, political settlement, and economic development in Africa
Author: Koper, Martin
Pages: 240
Publisher: African Studies Centre : Leiden
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: Africa
Democracy
Democratic Republic of Congo
Economic development
Elite
Ethiopia
Institutions
Kenya
Poverty reduction
Rwanda
Uganda
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.
Series/Report no.: African Studies Collection;71
ISBN: 9789054481713
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/68345
 

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