Democratization Elections Without Parties

Democratization Elections Without Parties

Subtitle: 
Reflections on the Case of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic
Author: 
Wilson, Alice
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
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Journal Title: 
The Journal of North African Studies
Source: 
Journal of North African Studies,Vol.15,no.4,December 2010,pp.423-438
Abstract: 

Like many liberation movements, the Polisario Front has long aspired to the practice of democracy. In recent years, however, some observers of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) have come to question the absence of multiple parties in elections and political life. The Polisario Front and many Saharawi hold that a multi-party system can only be introduced after an act of self-determination and that in the meantime, the SADR enjoys participatory democracy. This paper argues that the gap between skepticism about and confidence in the SADR's democracy arises from different interpretations of democracy, and that the SADR is a suggestive reminder of how the principles of democracy can be pursued through multiple interpretations. Yet the gap between the two positions also reflects a process of ongoing democratisation in the SADR, a recent phase of which can be observed in the 2008 legislative elections.

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CITATION: Wilson, Alice. Democratization Elections Without Parties . : Taylor & Francis Group , . Journal of North African Studies,Vol.15,no.4,December 2010,pp.423-438 - Available at: http://library.au.int/democratization-elections-without-parties-3