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Rebels and parties: the impact of armed insurgency on representation in the Central African Republic

  • Andreas Mehler (a1)

This paper analyses the declining importance of political parties in the Central African Republic (CAR). The country can be considered an extreme example of the lack of viability of a state in general, and democracy in particular. However, the quality of elections has exceeded the average in the sub-region over a substantial time-span. Hopes for a democratic future only faded in recent years. The paper hypothesises that both political parties and rebel movements are failing to adequately represent (ethnoregional) interests, but that parties are suffering more in the course of the enduring war and the peace process. Patterns of elite behaviour are presented as the main explanation for the resulting crisis of representation, with international actors' preference for inclusionary power-sharing deals seen as the main aggravating factor.

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M. Bratton & N. van de Walle 1997. Democratic Experiments in Africa: regime transitions in comparative perspective. Cambridge University Press.

K. Deonandan , D. Close & G. Prevost , eds. 2007. From Revolutionary Movements to Political Parties: cases from Latin America and Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

A. Jarstad 2008. ‘Power sharing: former enemies in joint government’, in Jarstad & Sisk , From War to Democracy, 105–33.

A. Jarstad & T. Sisk , eds. 2008. From War to Democracy: dilemmas of peacebuilding. Oxford University Press.

M. Söderberg Kovacs 2008. ‘When rebels change their stripes: armed insurgents in post-war politics’, in Jarstad & Sisk , From War to Democracy, 134–56.

C. L. Sriram 2008. Peace and Governance: power-sharing, armed groups and contemporary peace negotiations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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The Journal of Modern African Studies
  • ISSN: 0022-278X
  • EISSN: 1469-7777
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