Dilemmas of Democracy in Nigeria

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Through essays by 19 leading political analysts of Nigeria, this book offers an innovative, multidisciplinary study of the historical, social, and economic roots of both the effort and failure to create democracy in Nigeria. Two major episodes of transition to democracy (both ultimately unsuccessful) are studied in detail, as are the ingenious provisions of Nigeria's three democratic constitutions. New interpretations of the pattern of regional and ethnic interaction and conflict are developed, as is a ...
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Overview

Through essays by 19 leading political analysts of Nigeria, this book offers an innovative, multidisciplinary study of the historical, social, and economic roots of both the effort and failure to create democracy in Nigeria. Two major episodes of transition to democracy (both ultimately unsuccessful) are studied in detail, as are the ingenious provisions of Nigeria's three democratic constitutions. New interpretations of the pattern of regional and ethnic interaction and conflict are developed, as is a fascinating view of the inter-relation between military rule and resurgent religious strife. The outlooks - for democracy, internal peace, and continued national existence - are assessed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781878822987
  • Publisher: University of Rochester Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: INTERACT Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction: Beyond the Impasse of "Permanent Transition" in Nigeria 1
1 Crises and Transitions in the Political History of Independent Nigeria 15
2 Nigeria: A Political Entity and a Society 45
3 Permanent Transition and Changing Conjuncture: Dilemmas of Democracy in Nigeria in Comparative Perspective 65
4 The Concept of Second Liberation and the Prospects of Democracy in Africa: A Nigerian Context 83
5 Legitimizing Democracy: The Role of the Highly Educated Elite 111
6 Democratization under Military Rule and Repression in Nigeria 137
7 Obstacles to Democratization in Nigeria 155
8 Transition Without End: From Hope to Despair - Reflections of a Participant-Observer 175
9 1993: Crisis and Breakdown of Nigeria's Transition to Democracy 193
10 Women and the Dilemma of Politics in Nigeria 219
11 Nigerian Unity and the Tensions of Democracy: Geo-Cultural Zones and North-South Legacies 243
12 Christian Radicalism and Nigerian Politics 265
13 Muslims, State, and the Struggle for Democratic Transition in Nigeria: From Cooperation to Conflict 283
14 Politics and the Economy: A Downward Spiral 303
15 Politics and the Search for Accomodation in Nigeria: Will Rotational Consociationalism Suffice? 329
16 Federalism, Ethnicity and Regionalism in Nigeria 341
17 Party Systems and Civil Society 361
18 Local Institutions, Civil Society and Democratization in Nigeria, 1986-1993 389
19 Traditional Rulers and the Dilemma of Democratic Transitions in Nigeria 413
Index 435
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