African studies keyword: democracy

Nic Cheeseman, Sishuwa Sishuwa

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Abstract

Democracy is one of the most contested words in the English language. In Africa, these complexities are compounded by the question of whether democracy is a colonial imposition. Cheeseman and Sishuwa provide a historiography of debates around democracy, track how these narratives have developed over time, and argue that there is widespread public support for a form of what they call “consensual democracy.” This is not to say that democracy is universally loved, but despite the controversy it remains one of the most compelling ideals in political life, even in countries in which it is has yet to be realized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)704-732
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Volume64
Issue number3
Early online date2 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • democracy
  • Africa
  • elections
  • public opinion

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