Democracy in Senegal: A Balance Sheet

  • Sheldon Gellar


This book has traced the evolution of Senegal from a predominantly aristocratic order toward a more democratic order. Rather than placing the emphasis primarily on national elites, political parties, elections, and the state, we have also looked at the movement toward social equality, local liberties, associational life, and ethnic and religious tolerance as crucial components of the democratization process.


Political Party Presidential Election Female Genital Mutilation Social Equality Religious Tolerance 
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Chapter Eleven Democracy in Senegal: A Balance Sheet

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