A Sapped Democracy: The Political Economy of the Structural Adjustment Program and the Political Transition in Nigeria, 1983-1993

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This book is a study of the interaction between liberal economic and political reforms in Nigeria between 1983 and 1993. The work investigates the causes and outcome of the Nigerian state's decision to undertake a simultaneous, dual transition. It considers the role of the state, multilateral organizations and domestic politics as potential causes of policy and the dynamic interaction between economic and political processes during the transition as determinants of the outcome. Few studies focus on the interaction between the role of the multilaterals, external creditors, and the state as well as the state and powerful domestic actors as determinants of development strategy on contemporary Africans. Nigeria's dual transition reveals complex power struggles by these domestic and international actors. By providing evidence of the dynamic interaction between state, society, and external forces during a period of grave economic crisis, the underlying power relations which shaped the possibility of economic recovery and democracy become evident. This book advances interdisciplinary, theoretical dialogue and contributes to policy studies by analyzing the interaction of policymaking with socioeconomic and political outcomes.

Author Biography: Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome is Visiting Professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University in New York, New York.

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Based on her doctoral dissertation at Columbia, Okome (African studies and political science, Fordham U.) details Nigeria's 1986-93 transition to civilian rule and implementation of a World Bank/IMF- supported Structural Adjustment Program under President Babangida, and its ultimate failure. The broader issue analyzed on multiple levels is why countries undertake and fail at such dual political-economic efforts. She opts for an emphasis on local conditions rather than a general theory. Includes maps, data tables, and decrees. The author's prefatory tribute to her Yoruba culture is a welcome personal touch. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761809852
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 2/26/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome is Visiting Professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University in New York, New York.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Research Objective: SAP and the Return to Civilian Rule, An Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Review of the Literature 37
Ch. 3 Toward SAP: Crisis Containment, Stalemate and Compliance 83
Ch. 4 The Politics of Implementing SAP: State Repression, Coercion and Co-optation versus Social Forces' Contestation, 1986-1993 137
Ch. 5 Vacillation and Indeterminacy: The Nigerian Transition to Civilian Rule - 1986-1993 199
Ch. 6 Conclusion: The Sapping of Democracy 255
App. I The Main Objectives of Nigeria's SAP 275
App. II The Objectives of SFEM 277
App. III Table 1 - Nigeria: Average Exchange Rate, 1983-1993 278
App. IV Schedule of Privatized Parastatals 279
App. V Table 2 - Economic Growth in Nigeria, 1983-1993 280
App. VI The Political Bureau's Mandate 281
App. VII Recommendations of the Political Bureau 282
App. VIII Time Table Provided by the Babangida Regime for Political Transition 284
App. VIII Time Table by December 1992 286
App. IX Nigeria - A History of Administrative Divisions (Creation of States) 1900-1991 288
App. X Groups Formed in the Constituent Assembly 293
App. XI The NEC's Mandate 295
App. XII Electoral Malpractices Reported by the NEC, 1992 296
App. XIII Presidential Election, June 12, 1993 - Results Posted by the NEC at its Abuja Headquarters 297
App. XIII Presidential Election, June 12, 1993 - Results Announced by the NEC at State Level 298
App. XIV The Transition to Civil Rule: Some Relevant Decrees 299
App. XV Option A 4 300
App. XVI 1991 Population Figures and Governorship Election Results 302
App. XVII Absolute and Relative Population Distribution - Nigeria Between 1911 and 1991 303
App. XVIII National and Regional Population Growth: Nigeria 1911-1991 304
App. XIX Members of the Interim National Government 305
Bibliography 307
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