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Parteien in Afrika. Versuch eines Neuanfangs in der Parteienforschung

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  • Gero Erdmann

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Although the Third Wave of Democratisation has seen the emergence of hundreds of new political parties, there has been very little research on parties and party politics. Our knowledge of political parties is, therefore, very superficial, implying a need for fundamental research on this subject. Such research has, however, had to start from the beginning as the earlier work from the 1960s and 1970s is now dated: the concepts underpinning this research were based entirely on West European experience and are no longer appropriate. This article explores a new approach to empirical research, and one that is not coupled with the conventional concepts of West European party research, and which should contribute to a clearer understanding of the nature of African parties and their place in the democratic process.

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  • Gero Erdmann, 1999. "Parteien in Afrika. Versuch eines Neuanfangs in der Parteienforschung," Africa Spectrum, Institute of African Affairs, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 34(3), pages 375-393.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:afjour:v:34:y:1999:i:3:p:375-393
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    1. Gero Erdmann, 2007. "The Cleavage Model, Ethnicity and Voter Alignment in Africa: Conceptual and Methodological Problems Revisited," GIGA Working Paper Series 63, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
    2. Marianne Kneuer & Andreas Mehler & Jonas Sell, 2015. "Conference Report: Neopatrimonialism, Democracy, and Party Research: The German and International Debate – In Remembrance of Gero Erdmann (1952–2014)," Africa Spectrum, Institute of African Affairs, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 50(2), pages 113-123.

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