Democracy in the South

Participation, the State and the People

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Traditionally, studies on democracy have focused on the orthodox so-called Northern models of democratic governance, and within this framework, the extent to which Southern models are considered democratic. Democracy in the South is the first truly international collaboration that draws attention to the complex problems of democratic consolidation across the majority world. Nine case studies, three each from Africa, Latin America and Asia, shed light on the contemporary challenges faced by democratizing countries, mostly from the perspective of emerging theorists working in their home countries.



Ethno-linguistic vitality and democratic practice in Kenya

This chapter begins by explaining the ethno-linguistic vitality (EV) framework that underlines the importance of ethnic group numbers and representation in nation-state institutions and their status in election processes, especially in positions of power relevant to election outcomes. Up until now, the most important position of power related to the outcome of elections in Kenya has been the executive presidency.


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