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Available Online: Warlord Democrats in Africa: ex-military leaders and electoral politics

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    Abstract [en]

    Post-war democratization has been identified as a crucial mechanism to build peace in war-ridden societies, supposedly allowing belligerents to compete through ballots rather than bullets. A byproduct of this process, however, is that military leaders often become an integral part of the new democratic system, using resources and networks generated from the previous war to dominate the emerging political landscape.

    The crucial and thus-far overlooked question to be addressed, therefore, is what effect the inclusion of ex-militaries into electoral politics has on post-war security. Can ‘warlord democrats’ make a positive contribution by shepherding their wartime constituencies to support the building of peace and democracy, or are they likely to use their electoral platforms to sponsor political violence and keep war-affected communities mobilized through aggressive discourses?

    This important volume, containing a wealth of fresh empirical detail and theoretical insight, and focussing on some of Africa’s most high-profile political figures – from Paul Kagame to Riek Machar to Afonso Dhlakama – represents a crucial intervention in the literature of post-war democratization.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages

    London ; Uppsala: Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstutet , 2017. , 254 p.


    Africa Now

    Keyword [en]

    Congo DR, Rwanda, Liberia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Case studies, Conflicts, Politics, Post-conflict reconstruction, Democratization, Leadership, Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi, João Bernardo Vieira, Sekou Conneh, Prince Johnson, Afonso Dhlakama, Paul Kagame, Julius Maada Bio, Eldred Collins, Samuel Hinga Norman, Riek Machar

    National Category

    Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)


    URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2121ISBN: 978-1-78360-249-0 (print)ISBN: 978-1-78360-248-3 (print)ISBN: 978-1-78360-250-6 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-78360-251-3 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-78360-252-0 (electronic)OAI: diva2:1094726

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