Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Nana Osei-Opare, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Christopher Toulouse, Ph.D.


Academics and journalists have characterized the West African state of Benin as a democracy in decline under President Patrice Talon, elected in 2016 and reelected in 2021. This thesis explains that trend and its historical background. After comparing Benin with other African democracies of varying strengths, it is concluded that despite setbacks experienced under Talon, in the long run, Benin’s democratic institutions will hold firm and survive.