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From Democracy to Familial Democratorship in Africa

The Cold War long blocked any democratic process in Africa, including in countries liberated by African themselves through armed struggle. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the democratic wind coming from the East blew timidly and belatedly toward the South. In the 1990s, sovereign national conferences seemed to undermine the power of autocrats often co-opted or supported by the former colonial powers. This was an illusion. Not only have the “outgoing” presidents held to power, but those longest in place have blocked any possible alternative by learning to play with imported constitutions. Others have had to confront the opposition of their former fellow travellers supported by civil societies which have become better organised and informed thanks to the social networks. The real novelty is the growing power of an urbanised and globalised youth in line with highly politicised diasporas.


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Référence électonique : Antoine GLASER, "From Democracy to Familial Democratorship in Africa", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°169, 169 - Les démocratures, p.107-116 . Consulté le 2023-04-01 02:26:23 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/From-Democracy-to-Familial.html