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Democratic Trajectories in AfricaUnravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid$
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Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686285.001.0001

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Ghana: The Limits of External Democracy Assistance

Ghana: The Limits of External Democracy Assistance

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(p.256) 10 Ghana: The Limits of External Democracy Assistance
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Democratic Trajectories in Africa
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E. Gyimah-Boadi

Theo Yakah

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686285.003.0010

Ghana’s experience since the early 1990s indicates that external aid can significantly impact a country’s democratic transition. External democracy assistance has been a crucial, positive factor in Ghana’s steady evolution into an electoral democracy over the past two decades. Continuing gaps in the quality of Ghana’s democracy confirms, however, that even sustained external support and encouragement cannot easily overcome local elite resistance to specific reforms as well as structural and cultural obstacles prevailing in the domestic environment, at least in the short and medium terms.

Keywords:   electoral democracy, foreign aid, Ghana

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