Type of Document Dissertation Author Papé, Marc Adoux URN etd-05022006-111252 Title Hopes and Impediments for a Democratic Transition in Africa: The Case of "Francophone" West-Africa Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Political Science, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Hee Min Kim Committee Chair Antoine Spacagna Committee Member Dale L. Smith Committee Member Damarys Canache Committee Member Scott Flanagan Committee Member Keywords
- Democratization in Africa
- French-Speaking Africa
- Francophone Africa
- Democratic Transition
Date of Defense 2005-05-27 Availability unrestricted AbstractABSTRACT
The research question that the present project intends to wrestle with is to determine the causes of the long survival of authoritarian rule in post-colonial Francophone West Africa (FWA). The answer to that question should enlighten us on the related causes of the democratic transitions under way in the region since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Assuming that the same causes produce the same effects, we should explain both the long survival of authoritarianism and the transition towards democracy by using the same explanatory variable(s) for the countries of our theoretical universe.
The dissertation is not pretending to shed new light on the theories of democracy and its processes, nor to generate a brand new original hypothesis about democratization, but to bring new eyes and to raise new questions in the application of existing theories to Francophone West Africa, an often-neglected area of our Comparative Politics discipline. Most specifically, it builds on the “neo-patrimonial” conceptual and analytical framework provided in the pioneering work of Michael Bratton and Nicholas Van De Walle (1997) to provide a systematic account of the dynamics and outcomes of regime transition in Francophone West Africa from the late 1980’s through the beginning of the twenty-first century. In the process, it refines the hypothesis of the link between “democratic transition” and “neo-patrimonialism”, and it takes stock of the literature on the conceptualization of “democratic transition”.
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