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The Republic of Seychelles

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This chapter presents the results of field research on the effects of size on politics and democracy in Seychelles. The chapter first pays attention to the political history, democratization, and political institutions of the microstate, after which an analysis of the Seychellois political system is provided. The results point to a number of democratic deficiencies in Seychellois politics, even though all the formal requisites of democracy are present. Whereas politics in this microstate is characterized by similar political dynamics to the other microstates, the enduring dominance of the Seychellois ruling party renders the effects of smallness more problematic here.