Special Issue on Democracy, Elections and Governance in Africa

Submission Deadline: Apr. 20, 2020

This special issue currently is open for paper submission and guest editor application.

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  • Special Issue Editor
    • Valerie Jeche
      Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
    Guest Editors play a significant role in a special issue. They maintain the quality of published research and enhance the special issue’s impact. If you would like to be a Guest Editor or recommend a colleague as a Guest Editor of this special issue, please Click here to fulfill the Guest Editor application.
    • Donald Chimanikire
      Department of Political Science,University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Mashonalland, Zimbabwe
    • Esther Makuyana
      Department of Political and Administrative Studies,University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Norman Pinduka
      Department of Political and Administrative Studies,University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Tapiwa Gay Gweshe
      Department of Political and Administrative Studies,University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Oripha Chimwara
      Department of Political and Administrative Studies,University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Solomon Muqayi
      Department of Political and Administrative Studies,University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Introduction

    Africa has an unenviable history of unconstitutional changes of government, bad governance and human rights abuses. The African Union adopted the adoption of African Charter on Democracy Elections and Governance so as to redress this history. However very little has been done by African governments to follow the charter. Almost all African problems revolve around democracy, the rule of law, governance and elections. This special issue will address matters such as Democratic trends, elections and governance since independence in Africa, Rule of law and the state of constitutionalism, democracy, and good governance in Africa; Promotion and protection of human rights in Africa. The nexus between constitutionalism and constitutions, democracy and elections in Africa or between democracy is also another issue of concern. Peace, good governance and development have been far from being reached in Africa and much of this failure has been attributed to corruption. Corruption has had an impact on democracy, elections, governance and development in Africa. Other issues of concern include the lack of democratic, credible and peaceful elections in Africa; unconstitutional changes of governments as well as responses from the AU and RECs. An important issue that has failed Africa is authoritarian trends coupled with the syndrome of presidential term limits.

    Aims and Scope:

    1. democracy
    2. unconstitutional changes of government
    3. authoritarianism
    4. credible elections
    5. governance
    6. development

  • Guidelines for Submission

    Manuscripts can be submitted until the expiry of the deadline. Submissions must be previously unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere.

    Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines for authors (see: http://www.jpsir.org/submission). By submitting your manuscripts to the special issue, you are acknowledging that you accept the rules established for publication of manuscripts, including agreement to pay the Article Processing Charges for the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online manuscript submission system at http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/login. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website.

  • Published Papers

    The special issue currently is open for paper submission. Potential authors are humbly requested to submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript by clicking here.

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