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Good Governance, Democracy and Development

The Future of Africa pp 307-330; doi:10.1007/978-3-030-46590-2_13

Abstract: In this chapter, Cilliers explores how democracy has swept across the globe to become the dominant form of governance. Africa, too, has become increasingly democratic, but often in name only: regular elections are often façades for corrupt, autocratic regimes. Cilliers explains how, in fact, competitive politics in poorly developed countries with weak political institutions may actually hinder development. However, public support for democracy has surged in Africa and it is critical that African countries protect and advance the strides they have made towards substantive democratic governance. The Fourth Wave scenario laid out in this chapter demonstrates how a more democratic Africa would impact on development.
Keywords: Neopatrimonialism / Afrobarometer / Polity IV Project / Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) / Democracy / Crests and troughs

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