Pol10
The politics of dynasties in Africa

Convenors:
Marie Brossier (Université Laval)
Edalina Sanches (University of Lisbon)
Stream:
Politics and International Relations
Location:
Appleton Tower, Room M1
Thursday 13 June, 8:45-10:30

Short abstract:

This panel examines the existence, persistence and downfall of political dynasties in both democratic and authoritarian regimes across Africa.

Long abstract:

This panel examines the existence, persistence and downfall of political dynasties in both democratic and authoritarian regimes across Africa. Political dynasties exist when close family members or relatives succeed a retiring President in office. Although they are commonly associated with monarchies, they also can be found in authoritarian as well as democratic countries in the developed and developing world. This panel asks: How prevalent are they in Africa? When do dynastic successions succeed and under what circumstances, and when do they fail? The panel seeks papers that explore not only the broader phenomenon of dynastic politics in Africa but also case studies that examine the persistence or the downfall of particular political families. We are interested in explanations for and variation in the features of dynasties in Africa.