Determinants Of Democratization In Africa

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Overview

Contrary to conventional wisdom on democratic transition in Africa, civil society alone does not trigger democratization on the continent. "Determinants of Democratization in Africa" fills an important theoretical gap, by shedding light on the key variables to democratic transitions in Africa. Mathurin C. Houngnikpo demonstrates that democratic renewal in Africa depends more on the Military, incumbent leaders' willingness for change, and foreign influence. Houngnikpo shows, through a study of Benin and Togo, that civil society is necessary but not sufficient for democratization on the continent.

Author Biography: Mathurin C. Houngnikpo is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Editorial Reviews

Millennium:Journal Of International Studies
. . . the reader. . . is richly rewarded by this volume's contribution to the literature on democracy in Africa. The case studies are convincingly argued and well-supported with extensive research.
Millennium: Journal of International Studies
. . . the reader. . . is richly rewarded by this volume's contribution to the literature on democracy in Africa. The case studies are convincingly argued and well-supported with extensive research.
Millennium: Journal of International Studies
. . . the reader. . . is richly rewarded by this volume's contribution to the literature on democracy in Africa. The case studies are convincingly argued and well-supported with extensive research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761820635
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/14/2001
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mathurin C. Houngnikpo is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Statement of Problem and research Objectives 7
Ch. 2 Theoretical Perspectives on Democratization, Civil Society, the Military and Political Culture in Africa 21
Ch. 3 Benin and Togo Through History 65
Ch. 4 National Conference and Political Transition in Africa 85
Ch. 5 The Military and Democratization in Africa 117
Ch. 6 France and Democratization in Africa 139
Ch. 7 Interpretation of Findings 165
Conclusion 185
Bibliography 193
Index 243
About the Author
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