African Political Parties

African Political Parties : Evolution, Institutionalisation and Governance

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This book interrogates the political health of African political parties and evaluates the theory and practice of party functions, ideology and structure. Through fresh analysis using a variety of case studies, the authors question the democratic credentials of African political parties and propose new methods for achieving inclusive, broad-based representation.

Themes include the evolution and institutionalisation of African political parties; the unique historical, political and social circumstances that shaped their structures and functions. In the governance trajectory, the authors question the relationship between African political parties and government; political parties and representation; political parties and electoral systems; and political parties and parliament.

Case studies include Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and many others.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.07mm | 476.27g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745320376
  • 9780745320373
  • 1,635,426

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Table of contents

Foreword by Abdel Ghaffar Mohamed Ahmed by Executive Secretary, OSSREA

Abbreviations

1. Introduction by Evolution of African Political Parties by M. A Mohamed Salih

2. Political Parties, Party Systems and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa by Renske Doorenspleet

3. Power and competition by The institutional context of multi-party politics by Oda van Cranenburgh

4. Democratic Transition and the Crises of an African Nationalist Party, UNIP by Zambia by Jotham C. Momba

5. Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) by A Revolutionary Party in Transition, Tanzania by Paschal B. Mihyo

6. Inhibitions to Democratic Party Politics in Zimbabwe by John Makumbe

7. Political Parties and Democratic Sustenance in Ghana, 1992-2000 by Kwame Boafo-Arthur

8. Sustainability of Political Parties in Kenya by Nick G. Wanjohi

9. Political Parties and Democracy in Independent Namibia by Tapera O. Chirawu

10. Multiparty Politics and Elections in Southern Africa by Realities and Imageries by Denis Venter

11. Party Politics and Political Culture in Ethiopia by Kassahun Berhanu

12. When Political Parties Fail by Sudan's Democratic Conundrum by Abdel Ghaffar Mohamed Ahmed and Samia El Hadi El Nagar

13. Political Parties and Governance by Wil Hout

14. Political Parties and Democratic Governance in Botswana by Mpho G. Molomo

15. Political Parties and the Unfinished Quest for Democratic Governance, Zambia by Njunga-Michael Mulikita

16. Political Parties and Governance in Nigeria by Dele Olowu and Matthew Okotoni

17. Political Parties and Government by Petr Kopeck_ and Peter Mair by

18. Synthesis and Conclusion by M. A. Mohamed Salih

Bibliography

Note on Contributors

Index
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About M. a. Mohamed Salih

M. A. Mohamed Salih is Professor of Politics of Development at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden. He is the author of Environmental Planning, Policies and Politics in Eastern and Southern Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999), Environmental Politics and Liberation in Contemporary Africa (Springer, 1999), Local Environmental Change and Society in Africa (Springer, 2000), African Democracies and African Politics (Pluto, 2001), African Pastoralism (Pluto, 2001) and African Political Parties (Pluto, 2003).
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