Political Governance in Post-Genocide Rwanda

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 30, 2013 - Business & Economics - 298 pages
Filip Reyntjens's new book analyzes political governance in post-genocide Rwanda and focuses on the rise of the authoritarian Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). In the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the RPF has employed various means - rigged elections, elimination of opposition parties and civil society, legislation outlawing dissenting opinions, and terrorism - to consolidate power and perpetuate its position as the nation's ruling party. Although many international observers have hailed Rwanda as a "success story" for its technocratic governance, societal reforms, and economic development, Reyntjens complicates this picture by casting light on the regime's human rights abuses, social engineering projects, information management schemes, and retributive justice system.
 

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waste of money, long drawn out claims recycled from previous writers. Little concrete references. Even though the author is a french native speaker, I at least commend his efforts in writing English! All in all language was not that bad.

Contents

The Capture of Power and the Path to Hegemony
1
Elections as a Means of Regime Consolidation
26
Managing Political Space
57
Human Rights A Dismal Record
98
Dealing with the World and the Region
124
Engineering a New Society
163
Managing Information Imposing the Truth
187
The Politics of Justice
212
Conclusion
253
References
263
Index
289
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Filip Reyntjens is Professor of African Law and Politics at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp.

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