Title

Cameroon’s Political Opposition: Efforts and Obstacles Towards Political Change in Contemporary Cameroon

Home Institution

George Washington University

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Program Name

Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development

Abstract

This dual-faceted social analysis seeks to examine Cameroon’s political opposition and its efforts and obstacles to inciting political change in contemporary Cameroon. This investigation is conducted through a dual focus on both inter-political opposition party cooperation and electorate engagement. The researcher gathered both quantitative and qualitative data over a four-week period in the city of Yaoundé, Cameroon’s political capitol. Data was gathered using both in-person interviews with political opposition leaders and independent political experts and through population surveys, which were distributed to 120 Cameroonian citizens in four distinct neighborhoods in Yaoundé. The study concludes that Cameroon’s political opposition parties are seeking to foster both limited inter-party cooperation and higher levels of electorate engagement; however, the study additionally concludes that there remain numerous significant obstacles to both inter-party cooperation and electorate engagement, which further inhibit the ability of Cameroon’s political opposition to impact significant political change over the short term. Thus, the political opposition must focus sustained, collective efforts on enacting constitutional reform, preparing for a power transition, and reshaping the mentality of the Cameroonian electorate in order to achieve lasting change within Cameroon’s complex sociopolitical system.

Disciplines

International and Area Studies | Political Science

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