Thomas Jefferson in Nairobi: The United States, Kenya, and the Democratization Debate

Cullen James Haskins, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

This work is an intellectual history focussing on the ideas surrounding the implementation of democratic systems in Africa, and specifically Kenya, at the end of the cold war. Taking the constitutional change to multi-party politics in Kenya in late 1991 as its fulcrum, this work examines the ideas about democracy put forth by politicians and policy-making circles in the United States and Kenya during this period. The work begins with an examination of the attitudes toward democracy in Africa as expressed at the U.S. congressional hearings on aid to Africa in 1991, and ends with an afterward looking at the ideology surrounding democracy in the wake of the 2007 election violence in Kenya.^

Subject Area

African Studies|History, African

Recommended Citation

Haskins, Cullen James, "Thomas Jefferson in Nairobi: The United States, Kenya, and the Democratization Debate" (2011). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1498296.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1498296

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