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African Regional Organizations and Democracy

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Date Issued:
2013
Abstract/Description:
Instability and political repression are two reasons why many states in Africa are unable to develop. African regional organizations have the potential to encourage democracy, stability and development within their regions if they have the right tools. Using case studies of two major interventions by African regional organizations this thesis will determine what those tools may be. Both the intervention of ECOWAS into Liberia and the SADC into the DRC were rife with problems but they were able to bring some stability and even democracy to states in crisis. This thesis finds that African regional organizations can promote democracy and stability, but the focus is always on stability for the region. With strong institutions and mandates, policy agreement and strong leadership, African regional organizations can bring stability, development and even democracy to their regions.
Title: African Regional Organizations and Democracy.
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Name(s): Schoppert, Stephanie, Author
Morales, Waltraud, Committee Chair
Turcu, Anca, Committee Member
Vasquez, Joseph, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Instability and political repression are two reasons why many states in Africa are unable to develop. African regional organizations have the potential to encourage democracy, stability and development within their regions if they have the right tools. Using case studies of two major interventions by African regional organizations this thesis will determine what those tools may be. Both the intervention of ECOWAS into Liberia and the SADC into the DRC were rife with problems but they were able to bring some stability and even democracy to states in crisis. This thesis finds that African regional organizations can promote democracy and stability, but the focus is always on stability for the region. With strong institutions and mandates, policy agreement and strong leadership, African regional organizations can bring stability, development and even democracy to their regions.
Identifier: CFE0004750 (IID), ucf:49778 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Political Science
Masters
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Subject(s): Africa -- regional organizations -- ECOWAS -- SADC -- Liberia -- Democratic Republic of Congo -- International Organizations -- democracy
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004750
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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