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From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa

Adrienne LeBas


Why do strong opposition party organizations emerge in some democratizing countries, while those in others remain weak or quickly fragment on ethnic lines? This book offers an explanation for why opposition parties vary in organizational form, cohesion, and mobilizational reach. The book draws upon an in-depth analysis of three countries in Anglophone Africa: Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Kenya. Though these countries share similar institutional frameworks, including electoral rules, party development has taken a different route in each. The explanation emphasizes the ways in which historical legacies ... More

Keywords: democratization, party formation, opposition parties, mobilizing structures, polarization, party development, violence, hybrid regimes, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne LeBas, author
Assistant Professor of Government, School of Public Affairs, American University, Washington, DC
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