The Institutionalisation of Power Revisited: Presidential Term Limits in Africa

Submitted by jstewart on Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:14
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Africa Spectrum, Vol. 52, No. 2

In light of recent instances of “third-term bids” and based on a comprehensive analysis of the state of play of term limits, Tull & Simons argue that while the growing salience of formal institutions is undeniable, they matter more as a legitimization of the power of political leaders than as a constraint to it. Nonetheless, the connection between democratic quality and term limit enforcement clearly came to light in their research. Tull & Simons found that countries where no third-term bid was made were significantly more democratic in the preceding five-year period than countries where the attempt to abolish term limits was successful.