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Political Elite Circulation: Implications For Leadership Diversity And Democratic Regime Stability In Ghana

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This chapter proposes that elite theory is at the heart of understanding political conflict in Africa. Diversity amongst political elites has resulted in greater representation at the leadership level. The chapter is based on the premise that political processes in Africa are driven by the same logic as politics elsewhere. It highlights the importance of modern elite theory in understanding the dynamics of political conflict and regime stability in Africa. This will be done by using the case study of Ghana to examine the processes of political elite formation, circulation, differentiation and transformation in an historical context. The goal of the chapter is to shed light on the new consensus for democracy amongst competing political elites which is evidenced by the remarkable persistence and stability of Ghana's liberal democratic regime from 1992 to the present time.

Keywords:Ghana's liberal democratic regime; leadership level; political elite circulation



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