Nigeria: Political and Sociological Cleavages Essay by Ben

Nigeria: Political and Sociological Cleavages
Applies an analysis of overlapping cleavages in the Nigerian political culture toward supporting a new political movement - humorously entitled "the Crusaders Party."
# 3040 | 1,840 words | 6 sources | 2001 | US

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This paper responds to the prompt, "Design a proposal, for a person of substantial wealth, desiring to create a new political party / movement that would enjoy some initial success and have the possibility for long-term growth." Where would the new party fit in the existing array of parties and movements? How does the electoral system and institutional form of government (presidential, parliamentary, etc.) affect the start-up strategy? What should its ideological-programmatic emphasis be? Is there a particular regional base or demographic niche that would favor the party? What other parties might be good options to form a coalition?? In this way, the paper should be easily adapted for any analysis of Nigeria.

From the Paper:

"Resentment of Northern radicalism will strengthen the Crusaders. Already, the Northern People's Democratic Party has successfully pushed for the implementation of sharia in nineteen Northern states. If successful, the Crusaders will improve Nigeria's party system. Presently, Nigeria has three major parties, one for each ethnic group, a result that is atypical of presidential systems, which are typically characterized by two-party systems."

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