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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...
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
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 ...
Democratic peace versus democratic conflict in Africa
Journal article, Created By Omeje, Kenneth and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
The roughly 50 years of Cold War between the Western bloc and the defunct Communist bloc was not just a bipolar struggle for ideological supremacy between the capitalist and socialist systems, it was also constructed by the victorious Western camp as a moral struggle between liberal democracy (canvassed as a universal good) and a godless form of totalitarian dictatorship (viewed as inherently evil). The West indisputably won the Cold War. Communism was vanquished and most of the former communist countries euphorically embraced capitalist economic reforms with&#x...
Expanding Standing to Develop Democracy: Third Party Public Interest Standing as a Tool for Emerging Democracies
Journal article, Created By Polavarapu, Aparna and Published By Yale Law School in English language
Standing doctrine can play an outsized role in marginalized groups’ ability to protect their constitutional rights. The cultural and political dynamics in developing countries routinely undermine the proper functions of the democratic system and make it unlikely that those parties most directly deprived of their rights will be heard by elected legislatures or be able to directly access courts. The vindication of their rights and the rule of law itself depend on the ability of others to litigate on their behalf. Thus, this article argues for the expansi...
Elites and democracy in Ghana: A social network approach
Journal article, Created By Osei, Anja and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
This article presents new theoretical and empirical insights into democratization in Africa, using the typology developed by John Higley and Michael Burton to understand elite interaction in Ghana. Social network analysis (SNA) is used to test the main proposition of the Higley/Burton theory, namely that a 'liberal democracy is impossible without a consensually united elite'. Empirical evidence is provided from a unique data set that maps the interaction patterns between Members of Parliament elected to the Ghanaian legislature in 2012. The article shows that...
Divisive democracy and popular struggle in Africa
Journal article, Created By Cross, Hannah and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language