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Developing multi-party politics: stability and change in Ghana and Mozambique

Carbone, Giovanni M. (2003) Developing multi-party politics: stability and change in Ghana and Mozambique. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1, 36. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Through the notion of party system institutionalisation, this paper examines the historical roots, the social bases, the organisational development and the electoral performances of political parties to understand how democratic practices have evolved, since their formal introduction in the early 1990s, in a country where a single party regime was in place for twenty years (Mozambique), and in one with a long tradition of military involvement in politics (Ghana). It concludes that, in both countries, political parties have been instrumental to the emergence and stabilisation of pluralist politics, and that Ghana's party system - which is relatively better and more evenly institutionalised than Mozambique's - also compares positively to African party systems at large and represents an asset in the fragile process of consolidating the country's democratic advances.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/publicati...
Additional Information: © 2003 Giovanni M. Carbone
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 36
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 10:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28232/

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