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A new briefing article co-authored by Robtel Neajai Pailey examines the forthcoming presidential elections in Liberia, which take place this October

If successfully orchestrated, the elections will mark the first time in recent memory that a democratically elected Liberian president – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – will hand over power to a similarly elected head of state.

This is very likely to be a close election and the briefing investigates changes and continuities in the candidates, political parties, electoral processes and the workings of the Liberian state at a watershed moment in a long and shifting democratic history.

Robtel Neajai Pailey and David Harris (2017) 'Liberia’s run-up to 2017: continuity and change in a long history of electoral politics', Review of African Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2017.1318361