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Introduction

  • Wolfgang StuppertEmail author
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Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)

Abstract

This book explores why democratization processes in Sub-Saharan Africa have made so little progress despite more than two decades of multi-party politics on the subcontinent. It employs collective action theory to investigate the effects of societal mobilizations on democratization processes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The introductory chapter clarifies the empirical scope of the study, explains how collective action theory is applied to democratization processes, and shows how this theoretical approach leads to a new appreciation of the role of civil society in the struggle for democracy. The final section of the chapter presents the structure of the book.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Berlin Graduate School of Social SciencesHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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