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Comparative Politics

2011

Illinois Wesleyan University

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Institutions And Elites: Democracy And Stability In Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael R. Burgess Apr 2011

Institutions And Elites: Democracy And Stability In Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael R. Burgess

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Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most politically unstable and undemocratic regions in the world. Theories of power-sharing and recent studies have indicated that institutions that allow for higher levels of power-sharing are often more successful at consolidating democracy and stability in highly divided societies, like those common in Sub-Saharan Africa. By examining the electoral system, executive type, and level of decentralization, this study first determines the level of institutional power-sharing for each of the 48 sub-Saharan states. Next, it compares these levels of power-sharing with indicators of democracy and state stability to determine if more power-sharing does correspond with ...