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Emerging pluralist politics in Mozambique: the Frelimo-Renamo party system

Carbone, Giovanni M. (2003) Emerging pluralist politics in Mozambique: the Frelimo-Renamo party system. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1 (23). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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In 1992, the Mozambican civil war was brought to a close, marking the beginning of a 'pacted' and fundamentally successful process of democratic change. Despite the extreme poverty of the country, Mozambique has managed to introduce a formally competitive electoral regime, in which movements that were formerly in violent opposition to one another have moved towards fragile pluralist practices, in marked contrast to, for example, Angola, whose peace process quickly unravelled. This paper examines the emergence of a two party system in Mozambique, in which the former Renamo guerrilla fighters appear to have embraced the possibilities of peace. Ultimately, however, Carbone warns against undue optimism, and highlights the weaknesses of the system that are still to be resolved. For all that the country has adopted a formally competitive political system, it continues to fall short of fully democratic and liberal practices.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2003 Giovanni M. Carbone
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 13:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:55

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