This panel will explore the factors driving the divergent patterns of regime change and the possible implications for democratic governance in Africa. It will address the the following thematic question: what connective structural and agential factors underlie the divergence of regime change?
One of the most constant aspects about states is that governments and leaders come and go; this is normal in both democratic and non-democratic states. In the past few years, many African countries especially in West, East and North Africa have experienced profound political regime transformations in quest for democratic governance. However, these trends in political change have not been similar in the different sub-regions of the continent. While regime change has been smooth in some states, it has been controversial and violent in others. This panel explores the factors driving the divergent pattern of regime change and the possible implication for democratic governance on the continent. The fundamental question addressed by this panel is what connective structural and/or agential factors underlie divergence of regime change and succession politics in Africa and why has some regions experienced frequent changes than others? An evaluation will be made of structural and process factors of change.