Oxford University Press has published a new Dictionary of African Politics that puts together a lexicon of African political terms. Besides some difficult academic concepts like neo-patrimonialism, it also include the following:
Zoning: A Nigerian expression to describe the practice of alternating the presidency between the northern and southern parts of the country.
Skirt and Blouse Voting: A Kenyan expression to split one’s presidential and legislative votes between different parties.
Glissement: The French word “to slide” was used by Congolese to describe their president’s habit of “sliding” past election dates and holding onto power without going to the ballot.
Watermelon Politics: A Zambian expression for someone who declares for one party but is, secretly, loyal to another to avoid reprisals.
March 28, 2019