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Title:Tracks of the third wave: democracy theory, democratisation and the dilemma of political succession in Africa
Author:Nwosu, Bernard UgochukwuISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:Africa
political science
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056244.2012.658717
Abstract:The sweep of the third-wave moment of democratic impulses through Africa saw mass movements against authoritarian rule and the demand for liberalization of political spaces. Ruling-group compromises and promises of democratization diluted the fervour of this demand. Conservative interests captured the process by creating formal institutions of political competition but without corresponding necessary conditions for democracy. They set up regimes of political succession that rendered the political field a closed space. National trends in succession are linked to the discursive paradigm that underpins third-wave democratization. Selected studies of succession in African States indicate trends towards illegitimate and unpopular self-succession, hereditary trends, the appointment of proxies and only a few instances of emerging liberal democratic regimes. The dominance of perverse third-wave trajectories in Africa points to the inadequacy of the minimalist epistemology upon which the idea of the third wave is based. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]