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Hopes and Impediments for a Democratic Transition in Africa

Title: Hopes and Impediments for a Democratic Transition in Africa: The Case of "Francophone West-Africa".
Name(s): Pape, Marc Adoux, author
Kim, Hee Min, professor directing dissertation
Spacagna, Antoine, outside committee member
Smith, Dale L., committee member
Canache, Damarys, committee member
Flanagan, Scott, committee member
Department of Political Science, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The research question that the present project intends to wrestle with is to determine the causes of the long survival of authoritarian rule in post-colonial Francophone West Africa (FWA). The answer to that question should enlighten us on the related causes of the democratic transitions under way in the region since the late 1980's and early 1990's. Assuming that the same causes produce the same effects, we should explain both the long survival of authoritarianism and the transition towards democracy by using the same explanatory variable(s) for the countries of our theoretical universe. The dissertation is not pretending to shed new light on the theories of democracy and its processes, nor to generate a brand new original hypothesis about democratization, but to bring new eyes and to raise new questions in the application of existing theories to Francophone West Africa, an often-neglected area of our Comparative Politics discipline. Most specifically, it builds on the "neo-patrimonial" conceptual and analytical framework provided in the pioneering work of Michael Bratton and Nicholas Van De Walle (1997) to provide a systematic account of the dynamics and outcomes of regime transition in Francophone West Africa from the late 1980's through the beginning of the twenty-first century. In the process, it refines the hypothesis of the link between "democratic transition" and "neo-patrimonialism", and it takes stock of the literature on the conceptualization of "democratic transition".
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2293 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Political Science in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: May 27, 2005.
Keywords: Democratization in Africa, French-Speaking Africa, Francophone Africa, Democratic Transition
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Hee Min Kim, Professor Directing Dissertation; Antoine Spacagna, Outside Committee Member; Dale L. Smith, Committee Member; Damarys Canache, Committee Member; Scott Flanagan, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Political science
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Owner Institution: FSU

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