Electoral politics and democracy in Africa: A critical review of Lindbergâ€™s thesis
International Area Studies Review, 2018, vol. 21, issue 1, 85-94
This article critically reviews, assesses and refines Lindbergâ€™s theoretical proposition that African states will become more democratic if they simply keep holding elections, irrespective of the degree of â€˜freeness and fairness of the electionsâ€™, by using new empirical evidence from Ghana. Specifically, it highlights three fundamental challenges to Lindbergâ€™s thesis on theoretical, methodological and empirical grounds. To achieve the objectives of this article, first, a systematic and logical approach will be employed to assess the theoretical and methodological justifications underpinning Lindbergâ€™s argument and some contributions to the debate from his critics. Second, it introduces new empirical evidence from Ghana, which clearly â€˜deviatesâ€™ from Lindbergâ€™s theoretical expectations in the long run, thus, calling for theoretical refinement and elaboration of the latterâ€™s initial thesis. Finally, it draws from the analysis some conclusions and implications for the study of democratization in Africa in the future.
Keywords: Democratization; elections; electoral politics; consolidation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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