The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo

The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo

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Why did the democratic experiment launched in the Republic of Congo in 1991 fail so dramatically in 1997? Why has it not been seriously resumed since then? In tackling these complex questions, John Clark provides a thorough analysis of more than fifteen years of Congolese politics.Clark explores a series of logical hypotheses regarding why democracy failed to take root in Congo, moving from political culture to economic performance, ethnoregional identities, French foreign policy, the role of militias, and institutional design. He also discusses the country's present "electoral authoritarian" regime. His conclusions shed light not only on the nature of Congolese politics, but also on the utility of the scientific approach to understanding the social world.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 265 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • map
  • 1588265552
  • 9781588265555

Table of contents

The Republic of Congo: Case Study of a Failed Democracy.; Structure, Agency, and the Collapse of Democracy.; Assessing the Impact of Political Culture.; Political Economy and the Trajectory of Democracy.; The Role of Ethnic Politics.; The Army and the Militias.; The Problem of the Constitution.; The Impact of French Policies.; Understanding the Failure of Democracy in Congo.; After the Experiment: Electoral Authoritarianism since 1997.show more

About John F. Clark

John F. Clark is associate professor of international relations at Florida International University.show more