Abstract

Abstract:

The position of opposition parties in national legislature is critical to any strategy of "democratization by elections". But the third wave of democratization in Africa has resulted in only a limited increase in political competition. Regardless of the nature and quality of electoral institutions, opposition parties have remained numerically weak and fragmented, and unable to carry out their role as a political counterweight to the victorious party and president. The performance of opposition parties indicates that we should question whether Africa's multiparty systems really are progressing. At the very least, the pace of democratic progress has been exceedingly slow.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 108-121
Launched on MUSE
2009-07-11
Open Access
No
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