African Democracies and African Politics

African Democracies and African Politics

by M.A. Mohamed Salih
     
 

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Detailed study of how Western- style democracy has been imposed upon Africa, ignoring the indigenous politics of the region, resulting in violent conflictsSee more details below

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Detailed study of how Western- style democracy has been imposed upon Africa, ignoring the indigenous politics of the region, resulting in violent conflicts

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'This well-informed study starts from the premise that Western-style democracy has never been appropriate in Africa and is unlikely to catch on anytime soon'. —Foreign Affairs
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This series of essays on democracy and politics in Africa focuses on factors that affect the feasibility of the democratization process in African states in general, but with specific reference to Ethiopia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and several states in southern Africa. While (there is an excellent resume of theories and factors affecting the process, Salih's main emphasis is in the role and deprivations of ethnic or religious minorities that not only serve to weaken governments but also lead to anarchy and civil strife .Although these factors vary from one state to the next, they create all-too-familiar patterns of political responses that hinder democracy and are often so irreconcilable that they tend to minimize development of the nation-state. Recommended for lower- and upper-division undergraduates.
Foreign Affairs
This well-informed study starts from the premise that Western-style democracy has never been appropriate in Africa and is unlikely to catch on any time soon, despite concerted efforts by international donors and lenders to force it on reluctant African leaders through strings attached to aid. The author, an African scholar teaching in the Netherlands, makes a case instead for positively reconsidering ethnicity as a political organizing principle, pointing to the current Ethiopian experiment with ethnic federation as a promising model. It is a notable attempt to bring a fresh African perspective to the continent's politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745317250
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
08/20/2001
Series:
OSSREA
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)

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