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Legacies of Power: Leadership Change and Former Presidents in African Politics

edited by Roger Southall and Henning Melber
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Published
Cape Town, South Africa : HSRC Press ; Uppsala, Sweden : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet ; Chicago : Distributed in North America by Independent Publishers Group, 2006.
Language
English
ISBN
0796921202, 9780796921208, 917106558X, 9789171065582
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It was a widely dominant perception until the early 1990's that African rulers do not vacate their office alive. But even in the brutal reality of African politics, transition takes place and various former presidents have dealt with how to maintain power and privilege very differently. With new case studies examining the post-presidential years of the iconic Mandela in South Africa, Daniel Arap Moi in Kenya, Nyerere in Tanzania, Rawlings in Ghana, Charles Taylor in Liberia as well as the experiences of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi and Nigeria, this volume explores the dilemmas which demands for presidential transitions impose upon incumbent rulers and analyses the relationships which are evolving between new regimes and their predecessors. The contributors discuss the hybridal political systems that exist in post-independence Africa; the role allotted to or pursued by former African presidents; transitional politics and justice; and political stability. The book stimulates careful further observation and analyses concerning progress in this contested arena of institutionalised political power in Africa.
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xxvi, 350 pages ; 21 cm
Notes
  • "This volume is an outcome of collaborative efforts between the Democracy and Governance Research Programme of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Liberation and Democracy in Southern Africa (LiDeSA) project of the Nordic Africa Institute ..."--Page ix.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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