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Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front

2008, author(s)-editor(s) Milton Krieger

Its History and Prospects as an Opposition Political Party (1990-2011)

Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front (SDF) was among the watershed challenges in 1990 by sub-Saharan Africa’s democratization forces against autocratic regimes, but it crested in 1992 and has subsided since. Yet the party survives, participates in the National Assembly, maintains a grassroots structure, and prepares for a presidential ballot in 2011 that will probably determine its fate. The author conducted research four times in Cameroon, 1989-1999, focusing on the SDF since 1991, and maintains party contacts to the present. The book assesses its history and its prospects, covering the SDF in Africa-wide as well as Cameroonian terms.

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ISBN 9789956558162 | 120 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2008 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

3 Book Reviews

  • Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front 27 June 2010 21:05, author(s)-editor(s) Toyin Falola, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Fellow of the (...)

    ...a level-headed but provocative examination of the structure and workings of a major African country...the sobriety with which he evaluates institutions and leadership is commendable, yielding exceptional analysis that will stand the test of time.

    Toyin Falola, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria.

  • Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front 27 June 2010 21:06, author(s)-editor(s) Ambroise Kom, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

    The book goes far beyond its title and puts in context a daylight re-emergence of political opposition in Cameroon. To say that this long overdue history of the SDF party is a prolegomena to understanding contemporary Cameroon social forces is not an overstatement.

    Ambroise Kom, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon.

  • Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front 27 June 2010 21:07, author(s)-editor(s) Victor Le Vine, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

    Krieger has given us the first, superbly researched, finely tuned analysis of the fortunes of a major contemporary African opposition party, Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front (SDF).

    Victor Le Vine, Washington University, St. Louis, USA