Andreas Mehler

Reshaping Political Space? The Impact of the Armed Insurgency in the Central African Republic on Political Parties and Representation

GIGA Working Paper, No. 116, December 2009

Abstract
This paper analyzes the declining importance of political parties in the Central African Republic (CAR). It argues that the problematic attitude of elites who are fluctuating between violent and peaceful behavior in order to further their own careers is jeopardizing both peace and democracy. The author hypothesizes that both political parties and rebel movements are failing to adequately represent (ethnoregional) interests, but that parties are suffering more in the course of the enduring war and the peace process. Patterns of elite behavior are presented as the main explanation for the resulting crisis of representation, with international actors’ preference for inclusionary power‐sharing deals seen as the main aggravating factor.

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