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Kenya: democracy and political participation. Discussion paper.

Authors: Kanyinga, K.
Publication date: 2014

This discussion paper examines the challenges of democracy and participation in Kenya; it explores the general promise and failure of Kenya’s hesitant transition to democracy. The paper seeks to find out what went wrong with the project to bring ‘democracy and participation’ to Kenya.

It identifies ethnicity, Kenya’s electoral system, the dominance of the executive and its abuse of the rule of law as some of the obstacles to democracy and participation in Kenya. The paper is based on the findings of a detailed assessment of Kenya’s compliance with standards adopted by other African states regarding democracy, elections and popular participation in government.