n Journal of African Union Studies - Editorial

Volume 3, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


Political leaders accumulate and distribute power, resources, access and influence in a state. As African countries democratised in the recent past, new leaders and different styles of leadership emerged. In some instances, references were made of a leadership Renaissance on the continent. Despite these democratic gains, some political leaders have been able to maintain and further entrench their positions whilst establishing vast neo-patrimonial networks. This, and instances of electoral authoritarianism, question the quality of democracy on the continent, and, therefore, also the socio-economic development of their societies.

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