Changing of the guard? An anatomy of power within Swapo of Namibia

Show simple item record Melber, Henning Kromrey, Daniela Welz, Martin 2016-12-15T07:53:57Z 2017
dc.description.abstract This article presents an anatomy of power relations and policy making within the ranks of the former liberation movement SWAPO in Namibia. It summarizes the features of Namibia‟s dominant party state and argues that Namibia is a case of competitive authoritarian rule. Our analysis documents how the first generation of SWAPO activists, in exile since the early 1960s, has since independence in 1990 remained the most influential segment of the former anticolonial movement. This continuity is personified in the country‟s third president Hage Geingob and parts of his team in cabinet. Despite some gradual and increasingly visible shifts in the composition of SWAPO MPs, the party‟s first generation has so far remained largely in control over the country‟s political affairs. Analysing the background of the ministers serving since independence also shows, that a second generation of SWAPO activists in exile since the mid-1970s gradually expanded influence and took over leading positions. Given the dominance of SWAPO and the lack of any meaningful political opposition, a new leadership depends on upward inner-party mobility. Given the limited scope for a younger generation to move into higher offices, the strengthening of democracy through new leadership and innovative thinking is very limited. Rather, politics tends to be reproduced through established networks and bonds with a low degree of permissiveness, which reinforces the nature of the competitive authoritarian regime under the control of „old men‟. en_ZA
dc.description.department Political Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2018-12-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Melber, H, Kromrey, D & Welz, M 2017, 'Changing of the guard? An anatomy of power within Swapo of Namibia', African Affairs, vol. 116, no. 463, pp. 284-310. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0001-9909 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1468-2621 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1093/afraf/adw073
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in African Affairs following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is : Changing of the guard?- an anatomy of power within Swapo of Namibia, African Affairs, vol. 116, no. 463, pp. 284-310, 2017. doi : 10.1093/afraf/adw073 is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Namibia en_ZA
dc.subject SWAPO activists en_ZA
dc.subject Power relations en_ZA
dc.subject Policy making en_ZA
dc.subject Former liberation movement en_ZA
dc.subject South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) en_ZA
dc.title Changing of the guard? An anatomy of power within Swapo of Namibia en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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