Generational dynamics and youth politics

Authored by: Ransford Edward Van Gyampo

Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138081246
eBook ISBN: 9781315112978
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This chapter discusses the African youth and their diverse roles in shaping the conduct of politics across the continent of Africa, including destabilization, constructive mobilization, and participation in a manner that fosters accountability and other democratic ideals. It begins by describing the role of youth in the postcolonial and democratization process of African countries, and then turns to a discussion of the various ways that youth have been incorporated into emerging democratic orders through the implementation of strategies that makes them less antagonistic and supportive of regimes.

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