Stability or democracy: on the role of monitors, media and miracles

TitleStability or democracy: on the role of monitors, media and miracles
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsW.M.J.van Kessel
EditorG.J. Abbink, and G.S.C.M. Hesseling
Secondary TitleElection observation and democratization in Africa
Pagination50 - 75
Date Published2000///
Place PublishedBasingstoke
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0-333-76308-4
Keywords1997, Africa, Chad, conference papers (form), Country, democracy, democratization, election monitoring, elections, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, media, Netherlands, policy, Uganda

This book brings together studies on the broad theme of elections and democratization in Africa since roughly 1989. It is based on a seminar held in The Netherlands in February 1997, and includes chapters on both electoral processes, especially the role of foreign observers therein, and the historical and sociocultural backgrounds or contexts of democratization, elections and political legitimacy. Part 1 deals with elections and election observation in Africa in general (contributions by O. van Cranenburgh, S. Ellis, I. van Kessel, B. de Gaay Fortman). Part 2 consists of country studies (M. Doornbos on Uganda, D. Foeken en T. Dietz on Kenya, J. Abbink on Ethiopia, R. van Dijk on Malawi, R. Buijtenhuijs on Chad, and M.-F. Lange on Mali). Part 3 includes a chapter that reflects the discussions held at the seminar between observers, academics and policymakers in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (W. van Binsbergen en J. Abbink); a review of Dutch policies on election observation in Africa during the period 1992-1997 (O. van Cranenburgh); and a discussion of the 1997 general elections in Kenya, where a new approach of election observation was introduced (M. Rutten)


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