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Accommodating, Opposing, or Dismissing?: Ethno-Regional Mobilization, (De)Centralization, and State-Wide Party Strategies in Nigeria and Kenya
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1520-4191
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7751-6289
2019 (English)In: Nationalism & Ethnic Politics, ISSN 1353-7113, E-ISSN 1557-2986, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 343-362Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political parties in much of sub-Saharan Africa are often state-wide, but the societies are characterized by salient ethno-regional cleavages. State-wide parties, therefore, frequently encounter strategic challenges around ethno-regional mobilization and demands for special rights or self-rule. What shapes these parties’ strategic choices? We analyze whether party strategies are characterized by accommodation, opposition, or dismissal, and argue that their strategies are shaped by the degree to which contestation around territorial politics are centralized. We examine this argument by comparing how regionally dominant state-wide parties have responded to ethno-regional mobilization in the Niger Delta in federal Nigeria and the Coast region in more centralized Kenya over the last decade, and find that centralized contestation over ethno-regional issues forces parties to engage with ethno-regional demands while decentralized contestation allows parties to dismiss them.

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2019. Vol. 25, no 4, p. 343-362
Keywords [en]
Political parties, centralization, ethno-regional mobilization, Kenya, Nigeria
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397580DOI: 10.1080/13537113.2019.1678305OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397580DiVA, id: diva2:1372127
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-03193Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-11-22 Last updated: 2019-11-25Bibliographically approved

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