Ultranationalism, democracy and the law: insights from Côte d'Ivoire
journal contributionposted on 2017-05-19, 11:36 authored by Giulia PiccolinoGiulia Piccolino
Although much has been written about the ideology of Laurent Gbagbo's Front Populaire Ivoirien in Côte d'Ivoire and its impact on the Ivorian politico-military crisis, little attention has been paid to the ubiquitous role of the law in the discourse and political strategy of the pro-Gbagbo elite. The Ivorian case may provide important insights about the connection between ultranationalist ideology and a legalist, formalist conception of democracy and national sovereignty. The article analyses the circumstances of the emergence of 'legalist nationalism' in Côte d'Ivoire by looking at key episodes of the Ivorian transition between 2002 and 2012. The article discusses the relevance of Pierre Englebert's concept of 'legal command' and the turbulences of democratic transitions in accounting for the prominence of legalism in Ivorian politics. It explores the implications of the Ivorian case for understanding the connection between law and politics in Africa. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014.
- Social Sciences
- Politics and International Studies
Published inJournal of Modern African Studies
Pages45 - 68
CitationPICCOLINO, G., 2014. Ultranationalism, democracy and the law: insights from Côte d'Ivoire. Journal of Modern African Studies, 52 (1), pp.45-68
Publisher© Cambridge University Press
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NotesThis article has been published in a revised form in Journal of Modern African Studies [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X13000827]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press.