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Democratic Reversals in Burundi

Patrick Hajayandi ()
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Patrick Hajayandi: The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

A chapter in Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa, 2020, pp 149-172 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract This chapter offers an analysis of two parallel trends in Burundi’s convulsed politics: firstly, how electoral boycotts and the lack of participation in the governing institutions on behalf of the political opposition have contributed to democratic reversals and have reinforced political instability. Secondly, how the authoritarian tendencies of the ruling party lead to the same outcome by eroding democratic values. I argue that, democratic reversals in Burundi have been a result of anti-democratic decisions based on the absence of ideology, the failure to actively participate in political life, the authoritarian attitude of the leadership and the focus on power and wealth rather than on responding to the needs of the people.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-46343-4_8

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