Old habits die hard: Elite behavior and the 2016 presidential elections in Niger

Sebastian Elischer takes a closer look at the recent elections in Niger. He shows that the current division between the opposition and the government are not a recent phenomenon but the outcome of the highly personalist nature of Nigerien politics. Twenty five years after the liberalization of Niger’s political system, Niamey’s political elite shows little commitment to the creation of a stable political order. Sebastian is assistant professor of comparative politics at the University of Florida where he is affiliated with the Sahel research group. In one of his recent publications he examines how various Nigerien governments interacted with the religious sphere. He has also written about Nigerien civil society.

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