This is a policy brief from the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS).
In multiparty democracies, credible political parties offer alternative perspectives on how to govern the country. Most importantly, they present alternative policy priorities on how to expand the provision of public good and services. However, a country may find itself in a situation where the political parties are weak and generally internally undemocratic. In other cases, the voters or party members may not have control over how party leaders run the party. When there are several strong parties with strong policy and governance agendas, the voters may be faced with hard choices to make. But when the country has a collection of weak parties, then voters may be faced with a dilemma of making any choices at all.
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