Explores and the shifting modes of politics in nine African countries as manifested in transitions from colonialism to political independence. Utilizing various theoretical approaches, this work interrogates the conjecture of change and continuity with a view to evaluating the depth of political reform, its impact and prospects.
Dr. Nasong'o is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. He completed his Ph.D. at Northeastern University, Boston.
Foreword by Toyin Falola; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Section I: Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations; Shifting Modes of Politics in Africa: Theoretical and Conceptual Imperatives; - Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o; Section II: The Politics of Democratization in East Africa; Contemporary Kenyan Politics: A Structuration Theoretic Approach; - Ludeki Chweya and Wanjala Nasong'o; From a Socialist Order to Liberal Politics: Democratic Transition in Tanzania; - Fredrick O. Wanyama; Reversed Transition in Uganda: From a Non-Democratic Multiparty System to a "Non-Party" Democracy - Joshua M. Kivuva; Section III: Change and Continuity in Southern Africa; Transition from a Personal Dictatorship in Malawi: Democratization and the Legacy of the Past - Stephen Brown; From International Pariah to Africa's Messiah: Dynamics of South Africa's; Paradigm Shift - William Jennings; Comrade Mugabe's Zimbawe: The Politics of Deception and Survival; -Maurice N. Amutabi; Botswana, Africa's Oldest Democracy: The Legacy of Sir Seretse Khama -; Robert L. Curry, Jr.; Section IV: The Democratization Problematic in West Africa; Post-Military Transition in Nigeria or Democracy on Trial? - Cyril I. Obi Democratic Transition in Cameroon: Achievements, Challenges, and Prospects -; Wilfred N.Gabsa; Bibliography; Index.