We outline a democratisation-by-elections model according to which the opportunities for political change opened up by each electoral round build on previous election-related democratic progress. We focus on Nigeria, interpret the recent executive turnover in light of previous elections, and set the country within the comparative context of Africa’s democratisation. Using a new Africa Leadership Change dataset, we use election-related events to examine the diverse routes that African regimes have taken since 1990. The analysis highlights two major syndromes: democratic stagnation and recession. In a sizeable group, however, the institutionalisation of democracy has been making gradual progress. While there is no predeter-mined way to advance democracy, the reiteration of elections can be in-strumental in such advancement.

Nigeria and Democratic Progress by Elections in Africa / G. Carbone, A. Cassani. - In: AFRIKASPECTRUM. - ISSN 0002-0397. - 51:3(2016), pp. 33-59. [10.1177/000203971605100302]

Nigeria and Democratic Progress by Elections in Africa

G. Carbone
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A. Cassani
2016

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We outline a democratisation-by-elections model according to which the opportunities for political change opened up by each electoral round build on previous election-related democratic progress. We focus on Nigeria, interpret the recent executive turnover in light of previous elections, and set the country within the comparative context of Africa’s democratisation. Using a new Africa Leadership Change dataset, we use election-related events to examine the diverse routes that African regimes have taken since 1990. The analysis highlights two major syndromes: democratic stagnation and recession. In a sizeable group, however, the institutionalisation of democracy has been making gradual progress. While there is no predeter-mined way to advance democracy, the reiteration of elections can be in-strumental in such advancement.
Africa, Nigeria, political change, democratisation, national elec-tions, comparative analysis;
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
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