Western donor countries consider a properly functioning multiparty democracy as one of the most important conditions for achieving more legitimate governance and, subsequently, economic development and poverty reduction in their partner countries. Consequently, support to free and fair elections is an integral part of the 'good governance agenda' of the traditional donor community. In his research, Martin Koper investigates whether the introduction or reintroduction of a multiparty system and corresponding elections in a number of African countries in the 1990s contributed to political settlements which are conducive to economic development and transformation. The countries he focuses on are Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
M. Koper: Helpt democratie Afrika?
Prof. R.J. van der Veen
Dr W. Hout (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
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