Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar: “Continuity or rupture of change? Trends in democracy and peace in recent African elections”
Featured speaker: Judith Vorrath, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris
Elections have become a common exercise in sub-Saharan Africa. A controversial debate has evolved around the question whether this has also led to an increase in democratic quality. While results indicate that there were improvements concerning liberalization and civil liberties in sub-Saharan Africa since 1989, these trends seem to have lost in force. Certainly, the development of regimes in the region has become much less clear, particularly since more comprehensive studies on elections in Africa have usually focused on the period after the end of the cold war and do not provide insights for the last few years.
Vorrath will present a paper that analyzes the trends in the most recent wave of African elections in 2010 and 2011, including the question of what developments in political regimes can be identified since the last round of general elections in the respective countries. She will also discuss trends in peace and security in the context of recent polls as another central argument that has linked democratization and elections to armed conflict and instability.
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