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"You need to trust no one": A study of the candidate selection method of the ruling political party of Tanzania, Chama Cha Mapinduzi
Södertörn University College, School of Life Sciences.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on the candidate selection method of the ruling party of Tanzania, Chama Cha Mapinduzi. The method was changed in 2008. Through interviews made with local politicians, state officials and voters in Babati an understanding of why and in what way the change was made is presented.

The thesis also presents an understanding of in what way different stakeholders perceive this change. The changed candidate selection method is examined as part of Tanzania’s democratic consolidation. At the end of the thesis a discussion about obstacles and opportunities for a further democratic consolidation is presented.The thesis describes how the transformation of the candidate selection method is, by the party itself, presented as a way of widen democracy and fight corruption. While many of the informants believe that the transformation, at least to some extent, have contributed to increased democracy, most of them believe that the actual difference from the previous method is small, since the crucial decisions still are taken by the party elite.

The informants' responses are describing a multi-party system with several major obstacles. They are also, however, describing how the situation slowly is changing for the better.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Local politics, Babati, democratic consolidation, Julius Nyerere, corruption
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-9758OAI: diva2:429171
Subject / course
Development and International Cooperation
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-07-04 Created: 2011-07-04 Last updated: 2011-07-04Bibliographically approved

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