The recent peaceful election in Ghana — where the ruling party was unseated in a surprise victory for the party of a former dictator — was a reminder of how the democratic process is supposed to happen in Africa. Too often, however, elections are a prelude for various forms of vote-rigging, fraud and indeed wanton disregard for civil rights. I’ve published a short essay in the new issue of Milken Instititute Review, reflecting on the mixed record of elections in Africa. I even attack a few bits of conventional wisdom, asking whether in some countries at least, the body politic might be better served by “brokered” outcomes (also known as “power sharing”) rather than winner-take-all votes, where the incentives for cheating are sky-high.
Feb 01 2009
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