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The Politics of Challenging Presidential Term Limits in Africa

Editors: Mangala, Jack R. (Ed.)

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  • Analyzes the dynamics behind efforts to change presidential term limits in Africa
  • Assesses case studies from all over the continent
  • Combines theoretical perspectives on the value of term limits with strong empirical observations 
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This book takes stock of the debate surrounding the institution of presidential term limits in Africa, against the backdrop of global trends toward authoritarianism and the rise of strong men. Widely adopted three decades ago, term limits for the office of the president are now being challenged by many African leaders. The power alternation debate in Africa raises important questions concerning the future of democracy and development on the continent. Using a case study approach, this book explores in detail six situations in which leaders have either succeeded or failed in altering term limits. It thoroughly dissects the arguments, tactics and strategies on both sides of the issue, and draws key lessons for strengthening constitutionalism in Africa.

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Jack R. Mangala is Professor of Global Studies and Political Science at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA, where he also serves as Chair of the Area and Global Studies Department.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Presidential Term Limits, the Never-Ending Debate

    Pages 1-33

    Mangala, Jack R.

  • The Battle for Term Limits in Rwanda

    Pages 37-64

    Kiwuwa, David E.

  • The Making of a Monarchical Republic: The Undoing of Presidential Term Limits in Gabon Under Omar Bongo

    Pages 65-104

    Mengara, Daniel

  • Presidential Term Limits in Uganda: Do Elections Provide an Avenue for Alternate Power Succession?

    Pages 105-137

    Makara, Sabiti

  • The Undoing of a Semi-authoritarian Regime: The Term Limit Debate and the Fall of Blaise Compaoré in Burkina Faso

    Pages 141-170

    Eizenga, Daniel (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Challenging Presidential Term Limits in Africa
Editors
  • Jack R. Mangala
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-40810-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-40810-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-40809-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 239
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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