New PDF release: Beyond Ethnic Politics in Africa

By Dominika Koter

Why do ethnic politics emerge in a few ethnically various societies yet no longer others? targeting sub-Saharan Africa, Dominika Koter argues that the present social constructions of a rustic play a imperative position in how politicians try to mobilize electorate. particularly, politicians think of the power of neighborhood leaders, corresponding to chiefs or non secular dignitaries, who've traditionally performed an important function in lots of elements of rural Africa. neighborhood leaders can swap the electoral dynamics by means of assisting politicians safe votes between humans of alternative ethnicities. Ethnic politics hence should be shunned the place there are neighborhood leaders who can function credible electoral intermediaries among electorate and politicians. Koter indicates that there's common edition within the status of neighborhood leaders throughout Africa, because of long term old 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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