Political Transitions and Patterns of Change

  • Naomi Chazan
  • Peter Lewis
  • Robert Mortimer
  • Donald Rothchild
  • Stephen John Stedman


The political history of Africa since independence, so diverse in its details, has been marked not only by the establishment of identifiable norms and procedures but also by its fluidity and movement. No one set of rules, practices, or processes has remained unaltered—as the concept of politics infers—by the dynamics of state action and social response. The question of political change is therefore central to understanding the course of political processes over time. Political transitions have been set in motion either from within, through the initiative of incumbents themselves, or by individuals and groups outside the circle of officeholders, frequently employing violent political means. Each of these methods has involved some dislocation and at times major upheavals with grave human consequences. Whether they have also brought about more significant changes in the organization of the public arena or in its practices is still open to question.


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  • Naomi Chazan
  • Peter Lewis
  • Robert Mortimer
  • Donald Rothchild
  • Stephen John Stedman

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