Abstract

Why do opposition parties in Tanzania remain chronically weak a decade and a half after the country's democratic transition? Part of the absence of a vigorous political opposition is the result of little demand for it and its uninspiring leadership. This argument views the ruling CCM as a relatively benign hegemon acceptable to the vast majority of Tanzanians. Although this argument is based on a significant amount of truth, the main reason opposition parties remain weak is because the CCM suppresses those who contest its near-monopoly of power, including resorting to coercion when other methods of containing the opposition fail.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 123-136
Launched on MUSE
2009-10-16
Open Access
No
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