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Democratic Trajectories in AfricaUnravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid$
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Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686285.001.0001

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Beyond Electoral Democracy: Foreign Aid and the Challenge of Deepening Democracy in Benin

Beyond Electoral Democracy: Foreign Aid and the Challenge of Deepening Democracy in Benin

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(p.228) 9 Beyond Electoral Democracy: Foreign Aid and the Challenge of Deepening Democracy in Benin
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Democratic Trajectories in Africa
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Mamoudou Gazibo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686285.003.0009

In the 1990s, analysts were almost unanimous in considering Benin to be one of the most important aid recipients among the newly democratizing African countries. After more than two decades of democratic practice, the country has clearly completed the phase of democratic transition. In this study, I argue that the present-day political challenges in Benin are related both to the quality of democracy and to poverty reduction. Foreign aid has changed as donors have reoriented their assistance in order to target specific issues like the strengthening of civil society. Thanks to donors, success has been achieved in some sectors but it is far from certain that these positive experiences are enough to prevent political tensions between incumbents and opposition parties around issues of governance. Moreover, when it comes to more substantial aspects of democracy, such as enhancing accountability and fighting corruption, Benin still has a long way to go

Keywords:   accountability, Benin, corruption, democratic consolidation, elections, foreign aid

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