Political Parties in Advanced Democracy: Experience from Norway and Lesson for Nigeria


Olagunju Folorunsho Olowu

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Norway democracy was ranked as the best in the world owing to the country strong democratic values which political parties and stable political culture have helped to shape. These values are still lacking in Nigeria and as such, Nigerian democracy cannot be regarded as advanced democracy. Nigerian political parties engaged in rivalry competition and political culture was still at lower ebb with high stake for politicians. Women are under-represented and executive/legislature dichotomy persisted beyond imagination. It is against this backdrop that the paper seeks to examine political parties in advanced democracy: experience from Norway and lesson for Nigeria. The study was a descriptive one with qualitative method. Data were collected through secondary sources. Drawing from the experience of Norway the study found that the key areas which propelled Norway’s ranking as best democracy were still far from being achieve in Nigeria. The study recommends that: the stake on politics should be reduced and improved women political participation should be encouraged among others.

political party, advanced democracy, Norway, Nigeria .

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