Perceptions of regime legitimacy in Mozambique legitimacy in transition?
Carlson, Heidi M.
MetadataShow full item record
The growth and development of democratic regimes across the globe has been of particular interest to political scientists over the last several decades. The question of what is an appropriate and relevant regime depends on various aspects of peopleâ s political ideals. Mozambique is one such nation wherein democratic developments have been recent and somewhat successful. This thesis focuses firstly on the views and political ideals of rural dwellers, and secondly on generational differences in political ideals and views on regime legitimacy at the local level. It suggests youth and the elders have different views concerning how they should be ruled and what constitutes a legitimate political regime. At the local level, there are manifestations of the central democratic regime and the historically traditional regime. Rural youth consider the democratic regime to be legitimate and the traditional regime to be incompatible with their ideals. In their opinion, the existing traditional regime is outdated and irrelevant. Older adults in rural areas, in contrast to the youth, are aware of the duality in regime-types at the local level, but believe there is a place in the community for both to exist. In the opinion of the adults, both regimes are compatible with their ideals and are thus legitimate. If these two significant segments of Mozambican society â rural youth and rural elders - hold strongly opposing views concerning what constitutes a legitimate regime, this would hold important implications for regime legitimacy in Mozambique.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Carlson, Heidi M. (Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2006-09);The growth and development of democratic regimes across the globe has been of particular interest to political scientists over the last several decades. The question of what is an appropriate and relevant regime depends ...
Gose, Mark N. (1986-09);Since the end of World War II, the German Democratic Republic has been forced to confront the circumstances of its creation and existence as the "other Germany", and its leaders determine policy with this in mind. ...
Nielsen, Alexandra Kathryn (Monterey, CaliforniaNaval Postgraduate School, 2008-06);Poland was the first East Central European nation to transfer from totalitarian rule to democracy. Although resistance to the communist regime existed since 1956, it was not until 1980 that this transition began to ...