Beyond Ethnic Politics in Africa by Dominika Koter

By Dominika Koter

Why do ethnic politics emerge in a few ethnically assorted societies yet no longer others? targeting sub-Saharan Africa, Dominika Koter argues that the existing social buildings of a rustic play a crucial position in how politicians try and mobilize electorate. specifically, politicians ponder the energy of neighborhood leaders, resembling chiefs or spiritual dignitaries, who've traditionally performed an important function in lots of elements of rural Africa. neighborhood leaders can swap the electoral dynamics via assisting politicians safe votes between humans of alternative ethnicities. Ethnic politics therefore might be kept away from the place there are neighborhood leaders who can function credible electoral intermediaries among citizens and politicians. Koter indicates that there's frequent version within the status of neighborhood leaders throughout Africa, because of long term historic developments, which has intended that politicians have mobilized citizens in qualitatively alternative ways, leading to diverse degrees of ethnic politics around the continent.

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