Governance and Politics in Post-Military Nigeria: Changes and Challenges

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Democratic governance constitutes an enduring challenge for Africa's most populous country, Nigeria. This book reflects the form, trajectory, and content of democratic governance in post-military Nigeria since 1999. Nigeria's democracy remains fragile and conflict-sensitive as the legacy of an illiberal political culture constrains the progress and opportunities for democratic growth in the country. The policy recommendations contained in this book together form a possible pathway for reconstituting the ...

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Overview

Democratic governance constitutes an enduring challenge for Africa's most populous country, Nigeria. This book reflects the form, trajectory, and content of democratic governance in post-military Nigeria since 1999. Nigeria's democracy remains fragile and conflict-sensitive as the legacy of an illiberal political culture constrains the progress and opportunities for democratic growth in the country. The policy recommendations contained in this book together form a possible pathway for reconstituting the institutions, politics, power, and governance essential for promoting democratic stability and growth in Nigeria.

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“Nigeria presents one of the most important, and the most fragile, efforts at democratization in Africa today. After more than a decade of civilian rule the country faces basic challenges to the quality of governance, the development of institutions, the protection of rights, and the credibility of elections. This thoughtful and cohesive volume, from a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners, offers significant insight, analysis, and new information on Nigeria’s current political evolution. It will be of value to a wide audience interested in the development and prospects of democracy in Africa’s most populous state.”—Peter M. Lewis, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

“This is a remarkably thoughtful book, providing, in its historical depth and the sweep of its rich policy-focused theoretical analysis, fascinating insights and a timely compass for navigating the treacherously slippery terrain of Nigerian politics, as the country moves forward towards a crucial set of federal and state elections in 2011. The contributors to the book, belonging to a new and refreshing generation of Nigeria and African scholars and activists, write with a passion that speaks loud for their committed scholarship and social activism. Said Adejumobi must be congratulated for bringing together such contributors and the book, which is well-written, is an important contribution to Nigerian and African politics.”—L. Adele Jinadu, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and President, African Association of Political Science (1997-1999), and Vice-President, International Political Science Association (2000-2003)     
 
“During sixteen years of unbroken military rule, the promise of constructing a democratic polity in Nigeria was betrayed. The contributors to this splendid volume show how democratic and developmental governance has again been denied and what must be done to chart a new and sustained course.”—Richard Joseph, John Evans Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230103955
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Said Adejumobi is the Chief of the Public Administration Section and Coordinator of the African Governance Report (AGR) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figure ix

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

Notes on Contributors xvii

1 Democracy and Governance in Nigeria: Between Consolidation and Reversal Said Adejumobi 1

2 Federalism, Political Restructuring, and the Lingering National Question Musa Abutudu 23

3 Whose Catalyst? Party Politics and Democracy in the Fourth Republic: From Theory to Denial Adigun Agbaje 61

4 INEC and the Electoral Process Said Adejumobi 89

5 Constitutionalism, Rule of Law, and Human Rights Femi Falana 125

6 Nigeria's Foreign Policy of Democratic Transition and Economic Reforms Warris Alli 145

7 The Masquerade Unmasked: Obasanjo and the Third-Term Debacle Abubakar Siddique Mohammed 173

8 External Actors and Nigeria's Democratic Project: The Case of OSIWA Nana Tanko Nana Afadzinu 207

Selected Bibliography 231

Index 241

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