Legacies of power: leadership change and former presidents in African politics

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
TITLE EDITOR(S): R.Southall, H.Melber
DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
Web link: https://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/books/legacies-of-power
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 3505
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/7097
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7097

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It was a widely dominant perception until the early 1990's that African rulers do not vacate their office alive. But even in the brutal reality of African politics, transition takes place and different former presidents have dealt with how to maintain power and privilege very differently. With new case studies examining the post-presidential years of the iconic Mandela in South Africa, Daniel arap Moi in Kenya, Nyerere in Tanzania, Rawlings in Ghana, Charles Taylor in Liberia, as well as the experience of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, and Nigeria, this volume examines the dilemmas which demands for presidential transitions impose upon incumbent rulers and analyses the relationships which are evolving between new regimes and their predecessors. The contributors discuss the hybridal political systems that exist in post-independence Africa; the role allotted to or pursued by former African presidents; transitional politics and justice, and political stability. The book stimulates careful further observation and analyses concerning progress in this contested arena of institutionalised political power in Africa.