Africa's Totalitarian Temptation: The Evolution of Autocratic Regimes



Disappointment with the ability of democracy to deliver economic rewards in much of Africa-and with the persistence of instability, corruption, and poor governance in democratic regimes-has undermined democracy's appeal for many on the continent. At the same time, many external actors are expressing sympathy for regimes that have demonstrated an ability to impose stability and deliver economic growth, despite the limits placed on their citizens' freedom.

In this context, the author asks: Is totalitarianism emerging as an acceptable alternative to democracy in Africa? And if so, with what consequences? The author draws on extensive research in countries across the continent to thoroughly explore the dilemma of the totalitarian temptation.

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