Demand for Democracy Is Rising in Africa, But Most Political Leaders Fail to Deliver

Michael Bratton and Richard Houessou
Publication Date:
23 April 2014
Africa, NGOs and Civil Society, Governance

Africans' support for democracy is robust and rising (seven in 10 Africans prefer democracy to other political regimes) but the supply of democracy has not kept pace with demand, according to this report. Its findings reveal people's dissatisfaction with political leaders on the workings of democracy in the 34 countries surveyed.


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