One-Party Dominance in African Democracies

Is the dominance of one political party a problem in an emerging democracy, or simply an expression of the will of the people? Why has one-party dominance endured in some African democracies and not in others? What are the mechanisms behind the varying party-system trajectories?

Introduction: A Framework for Analysis (with Lia Nijzink)


The authors of this collaborative work use a rigorous comparative research design and rich case material to greatly enhance our understanding of one of the key issues confronting emerging democracies in sub-Saharan Africa.

“An important contribution to the comparative politics literature on parties and party systems.”

— Michele Kuenzi, in Perspectives on Politics

“An admirable book…. With a thorough six-country analysis, it contributes to a practical as well as theoretical understanding of how new democracies are actually forming and functioning. It also sheds light on how the past legacies of nationalist movements, authoritarian parties, and democratic transitions shape current democratic practices.”

— Rachel Riedl, Northwestern University