Does democracy help Africa? An inquiry into multiparty democracy, political settlement, and economic development in Africa

Book coverWestern donor countries consider a proper functioning multiparty democracy as one of the most import conditions for achieving more legitimate governance and subsequently economic development and reduction of poverty in their partner countries. Support to free and fair elections is an integral part of the ‘good governance’ agenda of the traditional donor community.

On the basis of the findings of this study, it appears however that it is not so much the acceptance of Western type political institutions or compliance with generally endorsed liberal-democratic standards that determine the possibilities for developing countries to achieve economic transformation and substantial poverty reduction, but rather the nature of the political settlement among the political elites.

This book has been published as volume 71 of the African Studies Collection.

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Author(s) / editor(s)

Martin Koper

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Martin Koper is historian. He has been working at the Netherlands ministry of Foreign Affairs for almost three decades. His postings abroad include Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

How to order

This book can be ordered from the ASCL Webshop.
Number of pages: 240
ISBN: 978-90-5448-171-3
Price: € 15,-