The staying power of self interest: Kenya's unshakeable elites

Lower, Matthew Charles (2012) The staying power of self interest: Kenya's unshakeable elites. Neo: A Journal of Student Research, 2 (1). ISSN 1759-6874

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Abstract

Kenyan political discourse has been dominated by elites and politics of self-interest since its independence. Kenya is notorious for its levels of corruption and questionable levels of accountability. The persistence of this status quo has defined the Kenyan democratic transition as one of 'dominant power politics' and epitomises Ghanian economist George Ayittey's description of the 'African Vampire State'. The post-election violence and controversy in 2007 – 2008 led to both a new constitution and a power-sharing agreement between the two major parties; these events have been described as the 'rebirth' of Kenya. This paper confronts the extent to which this 'rebirth' has had an impact on the contemporary political and economic climate within Kenya and assesses the extent to which elite dominance has shaped and continues to shape Kenyan political discourse.

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Keywords:Democratisation, Kenya, Corruption, Development, President Kibaki, Elites
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:16183
Deposited On:04 Dec 2014 10:15

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