Externe Publikationen

The impact of urbanisation on political regimes in Africa: a literature review

Gutheil, Lena
Externe Publikationen (2022)

in: Megatrends Africa Working Paper 03 (December 2022)

Open access

The discussion paper finds that urbanisation does not automatically lead to democratisation, but structures the way citizens relate to the state through settlement patterns, growing pressure on public goods and services, and improved access to education and communication technology. Urban heterogeneity is not a valid predictor for reducing the salience of ethnicity and clientelism. Ethnic identities matter for distributive politics as well as settlement patterns. While urban density facilitates collective accountability demands that often transcend ethnic and clientelist ties, the link between urbanisation and individual accountability relationships with the state is less straightforward. Political subjectivities are shaped by the experience of the limitations of the clientelist system paired with state neglect and unresponsiveness. The reviewed evidence suggests that the force to reckon with is not the middle class, but rather the poor masses. It is not enough for African governments to cater to the elites anymore, as the share of the urban poor becomes too large to ignore.

Über die Autorin

Weitere Expert*innen zu diesem Thema

Asimeng, Emmanuel Theodore

Stadtplanung, Nachhaltigkeit 

Fiedler, Charlotte

Politikwissenschaftlerin 

Hackenesch, Christine

Politikwissenschaft 

Jauregui Fung, Franco

Architektur, Urbane Ballungsräume 

Leininger, Julia

Politikwissenschaftlerin 

Li, Hangwei

Politikwissenschaft 

Lorch, Jasmin

Politikwissenschaft 

Löpelt, Sarah

Internationale Beziehungen und Nachhaltigkeitspolitik 

Mross, Karina

Politikwissenschaftlerin 

Nowack, Daniel

Politikwissenschaftler 

Sinanoglu, Semuhi

Politikwissenschaften 

Wingens, Christopher

Politikwissenschaftler 

Zumegen, Lisa

Urbane Transformation 

Kontakt

Cornelia Hornschild
Koordinatorin Publikationen

E-Mail Cornelia.Hornschild@idos-research.de
Telefon +49 (0)228 94927-135
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

Alexandra Fante
Bibliothekarin/Open Access-Koordinatorin

E-Mail Alexandra.Fante@idos-research.de
Telefon +49 (0)228 94927-321
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130