Liberal Democracy and its Critics in Africa: Political Dysfunction and the Struggle for Social Progress (Africa in the New Millennium v. 3)

Liberal Democracy and its Critics in Africa: Political Dysfunction and the Struggle for Social Progress (Africa in the New Millennium v. 3)

By: Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo (editor)Paperback

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Democratic institutional forms and processes are increasingly widespread in Africa as dictatorial regimes have been forced to give way as a result of popular mobilization and external donor pressure. However the premises of the African scholars whose empirical research and analytical explorations are included in this volume are that democratic form and democratic substance are two different things; Western-derived institutional forms are neither necessarily the most appropriate nor the most practical in the current African context; and rooting democratic norms in the political cultures of African polities raises socio-cultural issues with which political scientists must engage. This book explores various critical questions in the context of particular elections and particular countries as diverse as Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, the Congo, Cameroon and the Central African Republic. They include the continuing impact of police state apparatuses following democratic transition; factors influencing African voters' attitudes and behaviour; the impact of incumbency on electoral competition; women's electoral participation; the phenomenon of often very limited party programmatic choice in the context of huge social diversity and multi-party competition; and the controversial issues around the transplantation of liberal democratic institutions. Underlying these issues is the fundamental question of whether democratic processes as currently practised in Africa are really making any significant difference to the African struggle for economic, social and cultural progress. This volume is valuable for the original perspectives of its African contributors; the issues it explores; and the concrete democratic experiences it analyses; and the challenges it makes to the existing concepts, paradigms and practices of liberal democracy.

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Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo was trained at Universite Libre du Congo, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago. He is professor of political science at Wells College, and Vice-President of the African Association of Political Science, representing the Central African region.


* About the Contributors* Preface*1. The Problematics of Liberal Democracy and Democratic Process: Lessons for Deconstructing and Building African democracies - Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo*2. Reflections on the Question of Political Transition in Africa: The Police State - Rachid Tlemcani*3. An Explanation of Electoral Attitudes in Cameroon 1990-92: Towards a New Appraisal - Joseph-Marie Zambo Belinga*4. Factors Influencing Women's Participation in Democratization and Electoral Processes in Kenya: A Case Study of Gusii women 1992-97 - Beatrice N. Onsarigo*5. Alliances in the Political and Electoral Process in the Republic of Congo 1991 - 97 - Joachim Emmanuel Goma-Thethet*6. The Electoral Process and the 2000 General Elections in Ghana - Emmanuel Debrah*7. Volting Without Choosing: Interrogating the Crisis of Electoral Democracy in Nigeria - W. Alade Fawole*8. The Electoral Process in the Central African Republic in 1993 and 1999: Protagonists and Challenges - Aime Samuel Saba*9. Conclusion: Beyond the Current Discourse on Democracy and Democratic Process in Africa - Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo* Index

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  • publication date: 01/06/2005
  • ISBN13: 9781842776193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781842776193
  • weight: 304
  • ISBN10: 1842776193

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