TLI Signature Lectures 2017-2018
Speaker: Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham)
Title: “Is African democracy in crisis?”
Wed 31 January 2018
16:30 – 18:30 GMT
SW1.17, Somerset House East Wing, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
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African democracy is in decline. The quality of civil liberties is falling, and has been for some time. Presidents are removing the term limits intended to constrain them, and the average quality of elections has not increased significantly in the last decade. In other words, those who wish to argue that it is not feasible to build democracy in Africa have mounting evidence with which to make their case. Yet at the same time, an increased number of countries have witnessed a transfer of power, and support for democracy remains robust. This talk will assess the balance sheet of African democracy, and will argue that whether or not democracy is performing well, there is no viable alternative for most of the continent.