Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria: The Rise and Fall of the Second Republic

Overview

Originally published in 1987, this book examines the relationship between the pattern of party formation in Nigeria and a mode of social, political and economic behaviour Richard Joseph terms 'prebendalism'. He demonstrates the centrality in the Nigerian polity of the struggle to control and exploit public office and argues that state power is usually viewed by Nigerians as an array of prebends, the appropriation of which provides access to the state treasury and to control over remunerative licenses and ...
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Overview

Originally published in 1987, this book examines the relationship between the pattern of party formation in Nigeria and a mode of social, political and economic behaviour Richard Joseph terms 'prebendalism'. He demonstrates the centrality in the Nigerian polity of the struggle to control and exploit public office and argues that state power is usually viewed by Nigerians as an array of prebends, the appropriation of which provides access to the state treasury and to control over remunerative licenses and contracts. In addition, the abiding desire for a democratic political system is frustrated by the deepening of ethnic, linguistic and regional identities. By exploring the ways in which individuals at all social levels contribute to the maintenance of these practices, the book provides an analysis of the impediments to constitutional democracy that is also relevant to the study of other nations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107633537
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2014
  • Series: African Studies Series , #56
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,243,374
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps; List of tables; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Problem of Democracy: 2. A democracy that works; 3. Dilemmas of Nigerian democracy; Part II. Nigeria's Social Dynamics and Military Rule: 4. Politics in a multi-ethnic society; 5. Clientelism and prebendal politics; 6. Military rule and economic statism; Part III. The Return to Tripartism in the Second Republic: 7. Personality and alignment in Igbo politics; 8. Ethnicity, faction and class in Western Nigeria; 9. Northern primacy and prebendal politics: the making of the NPN; Part IV. The Crisis of Nigerian Democracy: 10. The challenge of the 1983 elections: a republic in peril; 11. Electoral fraud and violence: the Republic's demise; 12. Conclusion: democracy and prebendal politics in Nigeria; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.
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