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Title [sv]
Att försvara eller försvaga demokratin? Civilsamhället och elektoral autokrati i Kenya och Uganda
Title [en]
Defending or defeating democracy? Civil society and electoral authoritarianism in Kenya and Uganda
Abstract [en]
Over the last decade, academic research on political regime change has, with regard to most parts of the world, shifted emphasis from democratisation to electoral authoritarianism – political regimes that are neither democratic nor fully authoritarian. The significant issue of how electoral authoritarian regimes interact with civil society is however strikingly understudied. Civil society organisations are important in anchoring political regimes in society but do so in different ways. This project analyses how different sections of civil society in Kenya and Uganda resist and support electoral authoritarianism. The project will study cases drawn from a cross-section of significant categories of civil society organisations in both countries: faith-based institutions, professional associations and human rights organisations. In each country, the study will analyse how these groups relate to the state and to ruling and opposition parties with regard to electoral regimes during three general elections, in order to examine when and why they resist, support or are indifferent to electoral authoritarianism. The two countries represent two forms of electoral authoritarian regimes, competitive and hegemonic, respectively, with implications for the scope for and capacity of civil society. The project contributes to empirical knowledge as well as theoretical development in the fields of both electoral authoritarianism and civil society.
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Sjögren, A. (2024). Autocratization by elections. In: Moses Khisa (Ed.), Autocratization in contemporary Uganda: Clientelism, coercion and social control (pp. 241-258). London: Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Autocratization by elections
2024 (English)In: Autocratization in contemporary Uganda: Clientelism, coercion and social control / [ed] Moses Khisa, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2024, p. 241-258Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2024
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-521060 (URN)9781350323537 (ISBN)9781350323551 (ISBN)9781350323568 (ISBN)
Swedish Research Council, 2017-02150
Available from: 2024-01-18 Created: 2024-01-18 Last updated: 2024-01-18
Principal InvestigatorSjögren, Anders
Coordinating organisation
Uppsala University
2018-01-01 - 2020-12-31
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
DiVA, id: project:5990Project, id: 2017-02150_VR