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Political transition and civil society: The cases of Kenya and Zambia

  • Peter VonDoepp
Development Research

Abstract

Studies of regime change that focus on the “high politics” of transition tend to overlook the importance of civil society in democratization and liberalization. This article explores the role that organizations and institutions in society play as agents of political change. Elements of civil society influence both the processes and outcomes of political transitions. Case studies of Kenya and Zambia indicate that associational arenas representing civil society made important contributions in liberalizing and democratizing authoritarian regimes. Beyond this, contrasting the two cases highlights the factors that influenced their efficacy as agents of political transition. Differences are found in the character of the civil societies in the two countries. These differences help to account for the extent of Zambia’s transition when compared to Kenya.

Keywords

Civil Society Comparative International Development Labor Movement Authoritarian Regime Authoritarian Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Theology and Religious StudiesChancellor College, University of MalawiZombaMalawi

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