The democraticness of traditional political systems in Africa

Democratization Vol/Iss. N/A Informa UK London Published In Pages: 1-24
By Neupert-Wentz, Clara, Kromrey, Daniela, Bayer, Axel


Using a new expert survey, the authors explore the democraticness of traditional political systems (TPS) in 159 ethnic groups in Africa. Their initial analysis finds that measures of public preference input and political process control are particularly strong contributors to the degree that a society may develop democracy in their TPS. They also find that societies with powerful elders are more likely to be democratic, while more hierarchically organized political systems and those with kings, chiefs, and segmentary lineages are less likely.

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