Anti-IEBC Protests Herald the Rise Of “Opposition Authoritarianism” In Kenya

Anti-IEBC Protests Herald the Rise Of “Opposition Authoritarianism” In Kenya

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Abstract

The anti-IEBC protests signal the rise of “opposition authoritarianism”. Certainly, authoritarianism is as old as the hills. What is new is the phenomenon of opposition parties within liberal democracies adopting authoritarian strategies and technologies of hard power (violent protests) to capture power. “Opposition authoritarianism” is the newest threat to democracy.

Opposition is routinely viewed as an emancipatory force against authoritarianism. For that reason, liberal policies encourage and aid political opposition to regimes considered as “illiberal” or authoritarian.

The rise of opposition autocracy follows the waning of the “third wave” of democracy that swept across Africa from the late 1980s and the ensuing democratic recession.