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A Power of Elections?

Edvinsson, Sara LU (2012) STVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis examines the role of elections in Sub Saharan Africa. The discourse regarding democratic transitions in Africa has since a while been slightly negative. Staffan I. Lindberg introduces a positive perspective with his book Democracy and Election in Africa. He argues that multi-party elections as an institution in newly democratizing countries, in Sub Saharan Africa, generate a causal factor in the transition towards democracy. I examine if this causal factor really exists by looking at the democratic development in Kenya. The findings do not imply that elections constitute a causal factor in the democratization transition of Kenya; instead I found that actors of the civil society play an important and crucial role in the... (More)
This thesis examines the role of elections in Sub Saharan Africa. The discourse regarding democratic transitions in Africa has since a while been slightly negative. Staffan I. Lindberg introduces a positive perspective with his book Democracy and Election in Africa. He argues that multi-party elections as an institution in newly democratizing countries, in Sub Saharan Africa, generate a causal factor in the transition towards democracy. I examine if this causal factor really exists by looking at the democratic development in Kenya. The findings do not imply that elections constitute a causal factor in the democratization transition of Kenya; instead I found that actors of the civil society play an important and crucial role in the democratic transition. (Less)
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author
Edvinsson, Sara LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
En kvalitativ helhetsanalys av den demokratiska utvecklingen i Kenya
course
STVK01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Kenya, Demokratiska Kvaliteter, Flerpartival och Self-Reinforcing power of elections, Kvalitativ helhetsanalys
language
Swedish
id
2373736
date added to LUP
2012-06-27 10:45:15
date last changed
2012-06-27 10:45:15
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines the role of elections in Sub Saharan Africa. The discourse regarding democratic transitions in Africa has since a while been slightly negative. Staffan I. Lindberg introduces a positive perspective with his book Democracy and Election in Africa. He argues that multi-party elections as an institution in newly democratizing countries, in Sub Saharan Africa, generate a causal factor in the transition towards democracy. I examine if this causal factor really exists by looking at the democratic development in Kenya. The findings do not imply that elections constitute a causal factor in the democratization transition of Kenya; instead I found that actors of the civil society play an important and crucial role in the democratic transition.},
  author       = {Edvinsson, Sara},
  keyword      = {Kenya,Demokratiska Kvaliteter,Flerpartival och Self-Reinforcing power of elections,Kvalitativ helhetsanalys},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Power of Elections?},
  year         = {2012},
}