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Between State and Civil Society in Africa: Perspectives on Development
Book/Monograph, Created By Osaghae, Eghosa; Council for the Development of social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Published By CODESRIA in English language
Conflict, Mediation, and the African State: How Foreign Support and Democracy Lead to Strong Political Order
Journal article, Created By Glawion, Tim and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
Anarchy and war reigning throughout Africa threaten to bring about a “failed” continent. This article, on the contrary, argues that to understand the evolution of African state systems, political order should be defined as a conflict mediation institution and process. Through a quantitative analysis, this paper challenges Charles Tilly's notion that interstate war helps build states and challenges the idea that foreign support retards state building. Democracy, and a complex three-dimensional relationship between intrastate war, political order, and foreign support, on the ...
Contesting the African Public Sphere
Journal article, Created By Okolo, M.S.C. and Published By CODESRIA in English language
Habermas’s ideal notion of the ‘public sphere’ as the necessary condition for a genuine democracy is applied here in the assessment of the ideas contained in Ngugi’s Wizard of the Crow (2007) in an attempt to map out and understand the African public sphere. Wizard of the Crow employs the values of the public sphere to pass satirical comments on society’s values and practices: old assumptions are re-interrogated, established world-views reviewed and class and gender silenced issues revealed and re-evaluated. This paper adopts an interdisciplinary approach b...
Democratic theory and democratic rupture : resource curse and aid dependency perspectives on Africa
Journal article, Created By Olympio, Francisco Kofi and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
Across Africa political violence in Burkina Faso, eastern provinces of DR Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauretania, Niger, Niger Delta of Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and South-Sudan, Togo, have sharpened our interrogative tools about the consolidation and habituation of democratic governance. At another level of observation elite power wrangling that took dramatic turn in Senegal, one of Africa's oldest democracies during the 2012 presidential elections, combined with general insecurity in the wider Pan-Sahel region and over dependence on foreign aid is threateni...
Democracy, corruption and post-cold war conflicts in Africa
Book/Monograph, Created By Ewi, Martin A. in English language
Democracy in Africa
Book/Monograph, Created By Cheeseman, Nicholas and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
"This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the history of democracy in Africa and explains why the continent's democratic experiments have so often failed, as well as how they could succeed. Nic Cheeseman grapples with some of the most important questions facing Africa and democracy today, including whether international actors should try and promote democracy abroad, how to design political systems that manage ethnic diversity, and why democratic governments often make bad policy decisions. Beginning in the colonial period with the introduction of&#...
Democratization and development in Africa : reflections on theory and practice in Ghana
Journal article, Created By Zindela, Zama and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
All over the world, democracy is consolidated through the process of democratization and if there are contradictions with the process, the democratic experiment itself becomes problematic. This process is different, when understood correctly and executed without much hindrances. However, democratic experiences across the world has proven that democratization has been experienced differently. What significance does this difference embrace? This article examines the democratic agenda within the African context and how the process of democratization has effectively affected specific development ...
Democracy and its Dractice: A General Theory of Democratic Relativity
Journal article, Created By Tetteh, Daniel and Published By African Union (AU) in English language
Democratic governance and accountability in Africa
Book/Monograph, Created By Olukoshi, Adebayo O. and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet in English language
Democratisation in Africa: The Role of Self-Enforcing Constitutional Rules
Journal article, Created By Siebrits, Krige and Published By ACCORD in English language
Following several decades during which violent civil conflict was common in African countries, the period from 1990 onwards was marked by a spreading and deepening of adherence to democratic principles. Nonetheless, many African countries still experience political instability and civil unrest. This raises the question of why these countries have not succeeded in resolving conflict in a sustainable manner. Drawing on economic ideas about contracts and institutions, this paper outlines a conceptual framework for thinking about the role of constitutional rules in achieving ...