Civil Society and Democracy in Africa: Critical Perspectives

Civil Society and Democracy in Africa: Critical Perspectives

by Nelson Kasfir
     
 

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This work critically reviews the conventional uses of the concept of civil society in promoting democratization in Africa and suggests omissions and modifications are needed for more accurate analyses.

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This work critically reviews the conventional uses of the concept of civil society in promoting democratization in Africa and suggests omissions and modifications are needed for more accurate analyses.

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Provides a careful and broad critique of the conventional wisdom in applying the concept of civil society to politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly to democratization. Examines the ideological roots of the conventional concept, reasons for failure of civil society actors to play their expected roles, the inability of civil society organizations to act independently of the state, and the failure of civil society to contribute to democratizing the African state. This group of studies first appeared in a special issue of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, vol. 36, no. 2, July 1998. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781136323119
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/03/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
1 MB

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