Transition States in Africa : A Comparative Study: The Case of Ghana & Zambia

by Gustafsson, Oscar

Abstract (Summary)
Background & ProblemThe author believes that there are important lessons to belearned from the states in Africa that have managed to achieve successful transitions fromone-party regimes to multy-party regimes. However, Africa today displays countries thatsuffer from enormous problems and many of them are mired in political and economicaldevelopment. A main theme of this thesis is the search for the differences, how can weexplain the transitions and the outcomes of them?PurposeThe purpose of this thesis is to describe the nature of transitions as Bratton& de Walle explain them and to see if their suggested explanations hold true in Ghana &Zambia. A secondary purpose also includes a comparison between the two cases and thedifferences between them.MethodA combination of a traditional literature study and a focused comparativestudy has been used in order to fulfil the purpose.Theoretical FrameworkThe second, third, fourth and fifth chapter represent thebulk of the theoretical framework. The theories stem from Bratton & de Walle and will beweighted against the empirical information found in the two cases.Analysis & ConclusionsThe latter chapters of this thesis summarize the results fromthe comparison and include a discussion and comment chapter. The conclusion argues thatthe causes and results of a transition to a large extent can be found in the political. Thephases that Bratton & de Walle describe are also accurate in relation to the two cases. Animportant feature that Ghana has been successful with is that they have managed towithhold a higher political activity throughout their democratization. This has in turnresulted in a better outcome.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Jönköping

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:transition liberalization democratization ghana zambia


Date of Publication:10/10/2007

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