Kenya: The Struggle for Democracy

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Zed Books, Mar 15, 2007 - Political Science - 344 pages
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This uniquely comprehensive study of  Kenya's political trajectory shows how the struggle for democracy has been waged in civil society, through opposition parties, and amongst traditionally marginalised groups like women and the young.  It also considers the remaining impediments to democratisation, in the form of a powerful police force and damaging structural adjustment policies.  Thus, the authors argue, democratisation in Kenya is a laborious and non-linear process.  Kenyans' recent electoral successes, the book concludes, have empowered them and reinvigorated the prospects for democracy, heralding a more autonomous and peaceful twenty-first century. 
 

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Contents

Prospects for Democracy in Kenya
3
Social Movements
19
Leaders of Tomorrow? The Youth and Democratisation
129
Women in Kenyas Politics of Transition
164
Maurice N Amutabi
197
The Role of the Police in Kenyas Democratisation
227
Governance and the Politics of Structural Adjustment
263
Changing Donor Roles
301
About the Contributors
331
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Godwin R. Murunga is a lecturer in history at Kenyatta University, Nairobi. Shadrack W. Nasong'o is currently Assistant Professor of International Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis.

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