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Towards Democratic Consolidation in the Free African Countries?

Löwegren, Louise LU (2010) STVK01 20102
Department of Political Science
Abstract
There are currently only six countries in Africa that can be considered as free. However, none of them are yet democratically consolidated. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine what issues remains to be dealt with for these countries to become democratically consolidated. The method used is a case study on Namibia that is based on the theory by Linz and Stepan. The findings are that Namibia is well under way to become democratically consolidated, but there are several problems. Most of these problems lie in that government officials make exceptions in the law for themselves in order to secure their position as the ruling party. Corruption, occasional violations of freedom of expression, and elections that are free and fair yet... (More)
There are currently only six countries in Africa that can be considered as free. However, none of them are yet democratically consolidated. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine what issues remains to be dealt with for these countries to become democratically consolidated. The method used is a case study on Namibia that is based on the theory by Linz and Stepan. The findings are that Namibia is well under way to become democratically consolidated, but there are several problems. Most of these problems lie in that government officials make exceptions in the law for themselves in order to secure their position as the ruling party. Corruption, occasional violations of freedom of expression, and elections that are free and fair yet with minor flaws, are only a few of the problems that need to be solved . Since the six free African countries are very similar in most aspects, it ought to be possible to apply the results of this case study on Namibia, on the other free countries in Africa to some extent as well. (Less)
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Löwegren, Louise LU
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organization
alternative title
The Case of Namibia
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STVK01 20102
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Linz and Stepan, Democratic consolidation, Namibia, SWAPO, Africa
language
English
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1758296
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2011-02-10 11:20:40
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  abstract     = {There are currently only six countries in Africa that can be considered as free. However, none of them are yet democratically consolidated. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine what issues remains to be dealt with for these countries to become democratically consolidated. The method used is a case study on Namibia that is based on the theory by Linz and Stepan. The findings are that Namibia is well under way to become democratically consolidated, but there are several problems. Most of these problems lie in that government officials make exceptions in the law for themselves in order to secure their position as the ruling party. Corruption, occasional violations of freedom of expression, and elections that are free and fair yet with minor flaws, are only a few of the problems that need to be solved . Since the six free African countries are very similar in most aspects, it ought to be possible to apply the results of this case study on Namibia,  on the other free countries in Africa to some extent as well.},
  author       = {Löwegren, Louise},
  keyword      = {Linz and Stepan,Democratic consolidation,Namibia,SWAPO,Africa},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Towards Democratic Consolidation in the Free African Countries?},
  year         = {2010},
}