The Economic Value of Election in a Fragile Democracy- Evidence and Synthesis from Nigeria

Badmus Bidemi. G

Abstract


This study argues that the fragile nature of Nigerian democracy is partly a result of persistence contradiction between the real choice of electorates and the resultant outcome of election that produce the governing elites. The foregoing paradigm is conditioned by unabated internal and external economic pressures on election as a powerful instrument that is shaping the whole essence of democratic process and democratic consolidation in Nigeria. Thus, Nigerian election and its process have predominantly attracted economic values among the political stakeholders, who are increasingly approaching election period as a crucial time for patronage, economic benefits and a time to renegotiate other non conventional interests that are inimical to democratic values.



Keywords


democracy, election, market-value, Nigeria

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