Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Rising African authorianism
Several protest movements have emerged over the past year calling into question the stability of governments in many of sub-Saharan Africa’s electoral-authoritarian regimes -- those states that hold multiparty elections, but in largely undemocratic conditions. Following decades of exclusionary or discriminatory politics, marginalised minorities and political factions are campaigning for a greater share of economic opportunities and political influence in countries as diverse as Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Mozambique. Authoritarian governments have tended to respond with repression rather than reform, further undermining their claim to legitimacy.