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Does Western-style democracy make sense in the various geographic, economic, and social settings of the continent? How far toward democracy have recent liberalization movements gone? In The Fate of Africa's Democratic Experiments, Leonardo A. Villalón, Peter VonDoepp, and an international group of contributors consider the aftermath, success, failure, and future of the wave of democracy that swept Africa in the early 1990s. In some countries, democratic movements flourished, while in others, democratic success was more circumscribed. This detailed analysis of key political events in countries at the forefront of democratic change -- Benin, Central African Republic, Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, and Zambia -- provides for broadly representative continental and linguistic coverage of directions and prospects for Africa's democracies.

The contributors are Michael Chege, John F. Clark, Joshua B. Forrest, Abdourahmane Idrissa, Bruce Magnusson, Carrie Manning, Richard R. Marcus, Andreas Mehler, David J. Simon, Leonardo A. Villalón, and Peter VonDoepp.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. vii-11
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  1. 1. Elites, Institutions, and the Varied Trajectories of Africa’s Third Wave Democracies
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. Repetitive Breakdowns and a Decade of Experimentation: Institutional Choices and Unstable Democracy in Niger
  2. pp. 27-48
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  1. 3. The Tribulations of a Successful Transition: Institutional Dynamics and Elite Rivalry in Mali
  2. pp. 49-74
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  1. 4. Democratic Legitimacy in Benin: Institutions and Identity in a Regional Context
  2. pp. 75-95
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  1. 5. The Collapse of the Democratic Experiment in the Republic of Congo: A Thick Description
  2. pp. 96-125
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  1. 6. The Shaky Foundations, Adverse Circumstances, and Limited Achievements of Democratic Transition in the Central African Republic
  2. pp. 126-152
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  1. 7. The Fate of Madagascar’s Democracy: Following the Rules while Eroding the Substance
  2. pp. 153-174
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  1. 8. Institutions, Resources,and Elite Strategies: Making Sense of Malawi’s Democratic Trajectory
  2. pp. 175-198
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  1. 9. Democracy Unrealized: Zambia’s Third Republic under Frederick Chiluba
  2. pp. 199-220
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  1. 10. Assessing Adaptation to Democratic Politics in Mozambique: The Case of Frelimo
  2. pp. 221-245
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  1. 11. Democratization in a Divided Urban Political Culture: Guinea-Bissau
  2. pp. 246-266
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  1. 12. Democratic Governance in Africa at the Start of the Twenty-first Century: Lessons of Experience
  2. pp. 267-289
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  1. REFERENCES
  2. pp. 291-311
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 313-315
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 317-324
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