Democratization in Late Twentieth-Century Africa: Coping with Uncertainty

Democratization in Late Twentieth-Century Africa: Coping with Uncertainty

by Jean-Germa Gros
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313307938

ISBN-13: 9780313307935

Pub. Date: 09/24/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Few would disagree that since 1990 Sub-Saharan Africa has undergone a process of political transformation. Where one-party systems once stood, multi-parties are now dominant; where heads of state once ruled autocratically, open elections have emerged. In this study, both African and non-African scholars take a critical look at the evolution and contradictions of

Overview

Few would disagree that since 1990 Sub-Saharan Africa has undergone a process of political transformation. Where one-party systems once stood, multi-parties are now dominant; where heads of state once ruled autocratically, open elections have emerged. In this study, both African and non-African scholars take a critical look at the evolution and contradictions of democratization in seven African nations: Malawi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, and Gabon, each at a different stage in the democratization process.

Some of these countries historically have not received much attention in North America. For example, little is known about Malawi, and Gabon has escaped notice outside the Francophone world. While other works have focused primarily upon the role that institutions have played in the democratization process, this study looks at individual leaders. Some of the authors were themselves participants in the reform movements in their home countries, and they examine the role that the military and the church played in the process. This volume also includes a discussion of why democratization has stagnated or been reversed in some nations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313307935
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/24/1998
Series:
Contributions in Political Science Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Understanding Democratization by Jean-Germain Gros

Democratization in Malawi: Its Roots and Prospects by Sam A. Mchombo

Cameroon: A Flawed Transition to Democracy by Tatah Mentan

Nigeria: Militarization and Perpetual Transition by Julius O. Ihonvbere

Democracy, State-Building, and "Nations" in Ethiopia: 1974-95 by Kassahun Berhanu

Leadership and Democratization: The Case of Tanzania by Jean-Germain Gros

Elections and Democratic Transition in Ghana: 1991-96 by Kwamina Panford

The Irony of Wealth: Democratization in Gabon by Nelson N. Messone and Jean-Germain Gros

Bibliography

Index

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