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Political Parties in Africa : Ethnicity and Party Formation

Political Parties in Africa : Ethnicity and Party Formation

Publisher : Cambridge University Press
SKU: 9781107033467
R 1 240,00
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This book examines the effects of ethnicity on party politics in ten African countries. Sebastian Elischer finds that five party types exist: the mono-ethnic, the ethnic alliance, the catch-all, the programmatic and the personalistic party. He uses these party types to show that the African political landscape is considerably more diverse than conventionally assumed.
This book examines the effects of ethnicity on party politics in sub-Saharan Africa. Sebastian Elischer analyzes political parties in Ghana, Kenya and Namibia in detail, and provides a preliminary analysis of parties in seven other countries including Tanzania, Botswana, Senegal, Zambia, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Benin. Elischer finds that five party types exist: the mono-ethnic, the ethnic alliance, the catch-all, the programmatic, and the personalistic party. He uses these party types to show that the African political landscape is considerably more diverse than conventionally assumed. Whereas ethnic parties dominate in some countries, non-ethnic parties have become the norm in others. This study also finds a correlation between a country's ethnic make-up and the salience of political ethnicity: countries with a core ethnic group are prone to form non-ethnic parties. In countries lacking a core ethnic group, ethnic parties constitute the norm.
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ISBN13 9781107033467
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributor By (author) Sebastian Elischer
Publication Date 2013-09-09
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 334
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 236 X 157 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 600
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This book examines the effects of ethnicity on party politics in sub-Saharan Africa. Sebastian Elischer analyzes political parties in Ghana, Kenya and Namibia in detail, and provides a preliminary analysis of parties in seven other countries including Tanzania, Botswana, Senegal, Zambia, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Benin. Elischer finds that five party types exist: the mono-ethnic, the ethnic alliance, the catch-all, the programmatic, and the personalistic party. He uses these party types to show that the African political landscape is considerably more diverse than conventionally assumed. Whereas ethnic parties dominate in some countries, non-ethnic parties have become the norm in others. This study also finds a correlation between a country's ethnic make-up and the salience of political ethnicity: countries with a core ethnic group are prone to form non-ethnic parties. In countries lacking a core ethnic group, ethnic parties constitute the norm.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781107033467
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributor By (author) Sebastian Elischer
Publication Date 2013-09-09
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 334
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 236 X 157 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 600
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