9780312223946

Election Observation and Democratization in Africa

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312223946

  • ISBN10:

    0312223943

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

This authoritative study of election observation in Africa by foreign and local observers studies its relation with democratization processes. Election observation is seen by donor countries and the international community as a means to enhance democratization, but controversial issues include the "mandates" of the observers, the cases of its misappropriation by authoritarian governments, and its masking other interests of donor countries. The book offers theoretical and historical assessments of election observation and evaluates policies and their implementation in specific case studies.

Author Biography

Jon Abbink is an anthropologist and a senior researcher and Gerti Hesseling is Director, both at the African Studies Center at Leiden University.

Table of Contents

Preface--G. Hessling * Introduction: Rethinking Democratization and Election Observation--J. Abbink * The Context of Elections in Africa * Democratization in Africa--O. van Cranenburgh * Elections in Africa in Historical Context--S. Ellis * Stability or Democracy--I. Van Kessel * Elections and Civil Strife--B. de Gaay Fortman * Case Studies * Uganda--M. Doornbos * Kenya--D. Foeken & T. Dietz * Ethiopia--J. Abbink * Malawi--R. van Dijk * Chad--R. Buijtenhuijs * Mali--M.F. Lange * New Perspectives? Policy Issues and Electoral Observation in Africa * International Election Observation--W. van Binsbergen & J. Abbink * Election Observation--O. van Cranenburgh * The Kenyan General Elections of 1997--M. Rutten
Preface--G. Hessling * Introduction: Rethinking Democratization and Election Observation--J. Abbink * The Context of Elections in Africa * Democratization in Africa--O. van Cranenburgh * Elections in Africa in Historical Context--S. Ellis * Stability or Democracy--I. Van Kessel * Elections and Civil Strife--B. de Gaay Fortman * Case Studies * Uganda--M. Doornbos * Kenya--D. Foeken & T. Dietz * Ethiopia--J. Abbink * Malawi--R. van Dijk * Chad--R. Buijtenhuijs * Mali--M.F. Lange * New Perspectives? Policy Issues and Electoral Observation in Africa * International Election Observation--W. van Binsbergen & J. Abbink * Election Observation--O. van Cranenburgh * The Kenyan General Elections of 1997--M. Rutten

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