What future for the multiplicity of political parties in Africa? Political representation in the era of partisan democratization

By Flavien Enongoué

This study aims to submit to philosophical analysis the African reception of the partisan phenomenon, with reference to two problematic themes: the proliferation of actors and the bias they engender in their countries. An examination of these themes, combining theory and empirical observation, has shown how the economy of political representation could gain in density from two developments. First, from the shift from an “absurd proliferation” to an essentially bipolar configuration. Second, from the consideration of equality and justice in “the democratic synecdoche according to which the part represents the whole.”

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