Democratic Reform in Africa

Democratic Reform in Africa

Author: Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers

ISBN: 1588262464

Category: History

Page: 364

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After more than a decade of reform efforts in Africa, much of the optimism over the continent's prospects has been replaced by widespread Afropessimism. But to what extent is either view well founded? Democratic Reform in Africa plumbs the key issues in the contemporary African experience - including intrastate conflict, corruption, and the development of civil society - highlighting the challenges and evaluating the progress of political and economic change. Case studies of Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa complement the thematic chapters, exploring the interactions between democracy and development.

Democracy in Africa

Democracy in Africa

Author: Nic Cheeseman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521191128

Category: History

Page: 269

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This book provides the first comprehensive overview of Africa's history of democracy, grappling with important questions facing Africa today.

Democratic Reform in Africa

Democratic Reform in Africa

Author: Muna Ndulo

Publisher: James Currey Publishers

ISBN: 9780852559451

Category: Africa

Page: 322

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This work examines the interrelationship between governance and poverty alleviation in Africa and the impact of democratic reform on this relationship. There has been a new approach to the question of governance in Africa on the part of the international community. Economic aid and other forms of financial assistance are conditional on good governance. African states themselves in the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) have recognized good governance as a precondition to development. They have devised standards for economic and political governance. Democratic reform in Africa has been slow, difficult and at times painful. Nevertheless, sufficient time has passed to begin to assess what progress, if any, Africa has made in addressing the need for the consolidation of democratic reform and the resolution of considerable developmental challenges. MUNA NDULO is Professor of Law at Cornell University North America: Ohio U Press

National Democratic Reforms in Africa

National Democratic Reforms in Africa

Author: Said Adejumobi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137518828

Category: History

Page: 297

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From putative 'success stories' such as Ghana and Rwanda to failed efforts in Zimbabwe and other countries, this volume brings together seven incisive case studies from diverse contexts including post-war Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the new nation of South Sudan to distil insights into the troubled progress of reform across the African continent.

Democracy Works

Democracy Works

Author: Greg Mills

Publisher: Hurst & Company

ISBN: 9781787381452

Category: Africa

Page: 290

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"Democracy Works asks how we can learn to nurture, deepen and consolidate democracy in Africa. By analysing transitions within and beyond the continent, the authors identify a 'democratic playbook' robust enough to withstand threats to free and fair elections. However, substantive democracy demands more than just regular polls. It is fundamentally about the inner workings of institutions, the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, and leadership in government and civil society. It is also about values and the welfare and well-being of its citizens, and demands local leadership with a plan for the country beyond simply winning the popular vote. This volume addresses the political, economic and extreme demographic challenges that African countries face. It is intended as a resource for members of civil society and as a guide for all who seek to enjoy the political and development benefits of democracy in the world's poorest continent. Finally, it is for donors and external actors who have to face critical decision - especially after ill-fated electoral interventions such as Kenya 2017 - about the future of observer missions and aid promoting democracy and good governance"--Inside front flap.

Africa's New Leaders

Africa's New Leaders

Author: Marina Ottaway

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015041998397

Category: Political Science

Page: 154

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This book's starting assumption is that democracy is always desirable, but may not always be possible in the short and medium run. The road to democracy thus may not initially be democratic. In this perspective, the author examines the experience of a small number of African countries which--under the guidance of energetic new leaders--have turned the corner away from conflict and economic disintegration and are now pursuing economic and political reform and assertive foreign policies that have made them into important regional players.Uganda, Ethiopia, and Eritrea--countries long synonymous with war and economic chaos--are now among the most dynamic on the continent. Their success is making them into a model attractive to other African governments, particularly in other countries emerging from conflict. Yet these countries' new leaders refuse to carry out the democratic reforms favored by the U.S., arguing that such measures would cause more conflict. Instead, they will move toward political reform in their own way and at their own pace. Can this process eventually lead to democracy or is it bound to restart a vicious circle of authoritarianism and economic decay? And can the U.S. influence the change, while accepting that the process is bound to be long and complex?These questions will confront the U.S. with increasing frequency in coming years. As the countries where democratic transformation was easiest move forward toward consolidation, policy makers will be forced to deal with those countries where democratic change is more complex.

Building Democratic Institutions

Building Democratic Institutions

Author: G. Shabbir Cheema

Publisher: Kumarian Press

ISBN: 9781565491977

Category: Political Science

Page: 289

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Annotation Bridges the gap between theoretical literature and the tools and practices needed to strengthen or rebuild democratic institutions and reform governance systems. Through case studies and examples of good practices of governance, Cheema assesses the conditions that make democracy work.

Communication and Democratic Reform in South Africa

Communication and Democratic Reform in South Africa

Author: Robert B. Horwitz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139428699

Category: Political Science

Page: 409

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The book examines the reform of the communication sector in South Africa as a detailed and extended case study in political transformation - the transition from apartheid to democracy. The reform of broadcasting, telecommunications, the state information agency and the print press from apartheid-aligned apparatuses to accountable democratic institutions took place via a complex political process in which civil society activism, embodying a post-social democratic ideal, largely won out over the powerful forces of formal market capitalism and older models of state control. In the cautious acceptance of the market, the civil society organizations sought to use the dynamism of the market while thwarting its inevitable inequities. Forged in the crucible of a difficult transition to democracy, communication reform in South Africa was navigated between the National Party's embrace of the market and the African National Congress leadership's default statist orientation.

Transnational Mobilization and Domestic Regime Change

Transnational Mobilization and Domestic Regime Change

Author: H. Schmitz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230505254

Category: Political Science

Page: 226

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Africa represents the next frontier of the transnational politics of democratization. Recent efforts to promote human rights and democracy have yielded a mixed record of success. A comparison of regime change in Kenya and Uganda reveals how principled interventions have unintentional adverse effects on the democratic reform process.

Guarding the Guardians

Guarding the Guardians

Author: Mathurin C. Houngnikpo

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409404145

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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This book reviews the intrusion of the armed forces in African politics by examining contemporary armies and their impact on society. It revisits the various explanations of military takeovers in Africa and disentangles the notion of the military as a progressive force. The study argues the necessity of new civil-military relations in Africa, calling for a democratic oversight of the security forces.