Comparative Politics, Democratisation And Development
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Topic: Comparative Politics, Democratisation, Development And Conflict Studies
Description: My research focuses on comparative politics with interdisciplinary links to elections and democratisation studies, development and conflicts studies. Given the nature of comparative politics, national and cross-national analysis are central to my focus. My research seeks to interrogate and understand processes and trends in political systems in relations to how they respond to the on-going democratisation and development in Africa. Singularly, I have contributed to elections and other studies located within the context of democratic consolidation in West Africa and have offered fresh insight and perspectives to the growing literature in that area. Also my research aims to examine the dynamics and disposition of political elites and institutions as crucial actors in democratic development. The aim is to offer insight in the factors that shape the attitude and decisions of political elites and how institutions help to shape the democratisation process. Overall, research has contributed immensely to knowledge in the area. Besides, my research motivations have also covers areas of development and sustainable growth, especially in the light of the effect of conflicts, affecting development agenda in Africa. In this context, I have identified several development framework and strategies, so as to grapple with the interplay of the domestic and external forces in the agenda of development and underdevelopment in Africa. I have written extensively in the subfield of democratisation, especially elections, and the processes of their credibility.
|Ph.D (Political Science)
|University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Electoral Authoritarainism and Democratic Fragility: Implications for Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria.
Electoral Authoritarianism and Democratic Fragility: Implication for Democratic Consolidation in West AfricaStudies and institutional reports have increasingly demonstrated that many West African states are displaying syndromes of democratic fragility. Clearly, this has been traced to the current poor state of development in many countries of the continent. Beyond the concept of state fragility, we argue that it is not only the state that is fragile in contemporary Africa but the democratic process after the third wave of democratisation across the continent has also remained fragile. This is largely due to the overwhelming nature of the executive in the present African democracies. Current literature has termed this manner of executives as electoral authoritarians. By admitting multiparty elections, electoral authoritarians open up an arena of struggle that changes their inner logic of electoral competitions, violating liberal-democratic minimum standards of freedom, fairness, and integrity in systematic and profound ways as to render elections as instruments of authoritarian rule. Following the above, this study aims to examine the relationship between electoral authoritarianism and democratic fragility and illustrate its implications for democratic consolidation in Africa. It is argued in this paper that the increasing drives towards electoral authoritarianism have produced democratic fragility in Africa. Hence, there are many implications of this for the political process in Africa.
FATAI-ABATAN ABIODUN is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science
FATAI-ABATAN has a Ph.D in Political Science from University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa