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Author Clark, John F. (John Frank)

Title The failure of democracy in the Republic of Congo / John F. Clark
Published Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 309 pages) : map
Contents The Republic of Congo : failure of a democratic experiment -- Structure, agency, and the collapse of democracy -- History and political culture as context -- Political economy and the trajectory of multiparty politics -- The challenge of ethnic and regional identities -- The army and militias : forces in conflict -- The constitution and political institutions -- The complex impact of French policy -- Understanding the failed experiment in Congo -- After the experiment : electoral authoritarianism since 1997
Summary "Why did the democratic experiment launched in the Republic of Congo in 1991 fail so dramatically in 1997? Why has it not been seriously resumed since then? In tackling these complex questions, John F. Clark provides a thorough analysis of more than fifteen years of Congolese politics." "Clark explores a series of logical hypotheses regarding why democracy failed to take root in Congo, moving from political culture to economic performance, ethnoregional identities, French foreign policy, the role of militias. and institutional design. He also discusses the country's present "electoral authoritarian" regime. His conclusions shed light not only on the nature of Congolese politics, but also on the utility of the scientific approach to understanding the social world."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-297) and index
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Subject Democracy -- Congo (Brazzaville)
Democratization -- Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo -- Politics and government -- 1960-1997.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1626371245 (electronic bk.)
9781626371248 (electronic bk.)