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Party Politics in Kenya and South Africa: The Conundrum of Ethnic and Race Relations

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1106383, PP. 1-24

Subject Areas: Politics, International Relations, Journalism and Communication

Keywords: Ethnicity, Race, Political Parties, Kenya, South Africa

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Since the colonial period, group identity has affected politics in Kenya and South Africa. Ethnicity and race are used to explain many issues in both countries including party politics. This article examines the linkages between ethnic and race relations in the activities of political parties in both countries. The article finds that ethnicity and race are endemic to the nature and operations of political parties in Kenya and South Africa. As a result, most political parties formulate policies and allocate public goods and national resources along ethnic and racial lines in a bid to satisfy their support bases so as to achieve and maintain political power.

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Ahere, J. R. (2020). Party Politics in Kenya and South Africa: The Conundrum of Ethnic and Race Relations. Open Access Library Journal, 7, e6383. doi:


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