Not yet Democracy: West Africa's Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism

Not yet Democracy: West Africa's Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism

by Boubacar N'Diaye, Abdoulaye S. Saine, Mathurin C. Houngnikpo
     
 

"This book examines one-third of the West African states and suggests that the sub-region most affected by militarism and autocratic rule is very slowly emerging from the gripping embrace of authoritarianism." Through a close analysis of a representative sample of states, Not Yet Democracy documents how the experiment of abandoning authoritarianism has unfolded in… See more details below

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"This book examines one-third of the West African states and suggests that the sub-region most affected by militarism and autocratic rule is very slowly emerging from the gripping embrace of authoritarianism." Through a close analysis of a representative sample of states, Not Yet Democracy documents how the experiment of abandoning authoritarianism has unfolded in West Africa. To do this, the authors highlight the historical continuity of both military interference and elite rivalries over state control. They conclude that it will take time and continued disillusionment before entrenched militarism and authoritarian practices disappear from West Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890895337
Publisher:
Carolina Academic Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Ch. ICote d'Ivoire : the miracle that wasn't, flawed civil-military relations, and missed opportunity19
Ch. IIThe military and "democratization" in The Gambia : 1994-200251
Ch. IIIThe October 2001 presidential elections in The Gambia79
Ch. IVMauritania 1991-2001 : regime rearrangement and "consolidation" of instability?107
Ch. VFriend or foe? : the military and democratic transition in Benin and Togo139

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