Abstract

Tolerance for presidential misrule and indefinite presidential tenure may have worn thin in Africa’s democratizing polities, but with voters still caring most about beating the twin scourges of underdevelopment and economic marginalization, belief in the beneficent uses of preponderant executive power continues to run strong. African polities must move beyond the fixation with "strong" leadership and focus instead on building credible and effective institutions at both the national and local levels. If anything, an imperial presidency magnifies the costs of having an incompetent or bad leader at the helm.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 109-123
Launched on MUSE
2008-04-03
Open Access
No
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