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Civil War and Democracy in West Africa

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In the aftermath of explosive civil wars in Africa during the 1990s and 2000s, the establishment of multi-party elections has ofte... Weiterlesen
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In the aftermath of explosive civil wars in Africa during the 1990s and 2000s, the establishment of multi-party elections has often been heralded by the West as signaling the culmination of the conflict and the beginning of a period of democratic rule. However, the outcomes of these elections are very rarely uniform, with just as many countries returning to conflict as not. _x000D__x000D_In Civil War and Democracy in West Africa, David Harris uses the examples of Sierra Leone and Liberia to examine the nexus of international and domestic politics in these post-conflict elections. Although in essence a domestic procedure to select a new political leadership, outside forces also hold considerable influence - as has been evidenced by the arrest and trial in The Hague of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. While the political capacity of parties, sometimes transformed from former military rebel groups, varies considerably and has huge repercussions on the elections, the shift to a more liberal international discourse has also had its effects, particularly in the criminalisation of former combatants and the often arbitrary application of post-conflict 'justice'. It is both the national and the international factors that combine to shape the candidates, results and outcomes of the polls._x000D__x000D_Beginning with a sensitive and thought-provoking analysis of the road to civil conflict, Harris locates the post-conflict elections within the context of the region's various political leaders, parties and factions, coming to the conclusion that it is political, rather than legal, solutions that are more likely to lead to a more effective reconciliation and to enhance any positive political change. This book is thus of significance to both Western and African policy makers, and also to students and scholars who wish to engage with the critical issues of conflict resolution and reconciliation both in Sierra Leone and Liberia in particular and in the wider region in general.


David Harris is Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He holds a PhD in African Politics from SOAS, and has conducted extensive fieldwork and been a member of several Election Observation Delegations in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Long Road to Civil Conflict in Sierra Leone & Liberia
Chapter 3: Sierra Leone - War and Peace
Chapter 4: Sierra Leone - 1996 and 2002 Elections
Chapter 5: Liberia - War and Peace
Chapter 6: Liberia - 1997 and 2005 Elections
Chapter 7: Key Factors in the Elections in Sierra Leone & Liberia
Chapter 8: Observations, Comparisons and Conclusions


Titel: Civil War and Democracy in West Africa
Untertitel: Conflict Resolution, Elections and Justice in Sierra Leone and Liberia
EAN: 9780857720740
ISBN: 978-0-85772-074-0
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: I.B.Tauris
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 304
Veröffentlichung: 18.12.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 8.4 MB