Democracy in the South: Participation, the State and the People

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This is the first truly international collaboration drawing attention to the problems of democratic consolidation across the Southern regions of the world. Nine case studies—three each from Africa, Latin America, and Asia—shed light on the contemporary challenges faced by democratizing nations, mostly from the perspective of emerging theorists working in their home countries.

"In this valuable new book, scholars from the regions concerned explain the theory and practice of democracy away from the familiar Western world. As such, the book will be useful to students and scholars of comparative as much as international politics for presenting voices from the South about the challenges of consolidating democracy in developing countries."—Ramesh Thakur, director, Balsillie School of International Affairs

"The authors provide us with insightful and critical analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of democracies in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. They show that there are neither Northern, nor Southern, nor African, Latin American, nor Asian 'models' of democracy, ready to be replicated elsewhere."—Albrecht Schnabel, senior fellow, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811780
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan Howe is associate professor of international relations at the Ewha Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul.

Vesselin Popovski is senior academic officer and head of section for the Peace and Security Program in the Institute for Sustainability and Peace at the United Nations University (UNU–ISP).

Mark Notaras is a researcher for the Peace and Security Program, UNU–ISP.

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Table of Contents

Tables ix

Contributors x

Acknowledgements xii

Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction: Participation, the state and the people Brendan Howe Vesselin Popovski 1

2 Venezuela: Democratic possibilities Nicole Curato 20

3 Colombia: Not the oldest democracy in Latin America, but rather a fake one Olga Lucía Castillo-Ospina 45

4 Consensus or conflict? The problem of an anti-political imagery of democracy in contemporary Argentina Mariana Garzón Rogé Mariano Perelman 69

5 Democracy, pluralism and nation-building: The Nigerian case Moses Metumara Duruji 85

6 Ethno-linguistic vitality and democratic practice in Kenya James Ogola Onyango 105

7 The democratization process in Ghana: Key issues and challenges Gbenga Emmanuel Afolayan 116

8 Democratic bewilderments of the world's largest democracy-India K. Deepamala 137

9 The 2006 coup and the evolving democratic and political party system in Thailand Narayanan Ganesan 160

10 Consolidating democracy in the Philippines: Breaking monopolies of local power Gladstone A. Cuarteros 184

11 Conclusion Vesselin Popovski Brendan Howe 208

Index 217

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