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Party system change and the quality of democracy in East Africa

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posted on 2018-06-01, 00:00 authored by R Pelizzo, Zim NwokoraZim Nwokora
This article explores in greater detail the nexus between party system change and democratic qualities. In doing so, we do not simply assess whether, how, and to what extent qualities of democracy in East Africa are affected by the instability of the patterns of interparty competition (fluidity of the party system); we also plan to show how the subcomponents of party system fluidity (frequency of change, scope of change, variety of change) influence the democratic qualities. By disaggregating fluidity in its constitutive elements and by testing how each of them affects the qualities of democracy, we find that while the frequency of change has a beneficial impact on the qualities of democracy, the other subcomponents of fluidity-namely, the "scope" and "variety" of system change-have a consistently negative effect on democratic quality.

History

Journal

Politics and policy

Volume

46

Issue

3

Pagination

505 - 528

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

1555-5623

eISSN

1747-1346

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Policy Studies Organization