Problem

Single party democracies

Other Names:
Single party democratic rule
Nature:
Political rule by one party involves the refusal of the right to opposition; the banning both of existing parties and of the formation of others; imprisonment of leaders and followers of other parties; and general repression. The situation manifests as political instability and may cause social and political conflict or general apathy.
Incidence:
In 1990, out of 45 black African nations, only 4 (Botswana, the Gambia, Mauritius and Senegal) allow their people to vote, choose their leaders and express themselves freely. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 5 can be considered multi-party democracies. Military dictatorships prevail in 23 countries, where no political parties are permitted, and the remainder are one-party states ruled by dictators-for-life.
Claim:
Single party rule is justified as a means whereby certain elites can retain power accrued through corruption and patronage.
Counter Claim:
Single party rule provides unity where otherwise tribal and ethnic differences would prevail and undermine the stability of the country.
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
20.06.1997 – 00:00 CEST