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Democratic renewal in Africa : trends and discourses

Author: Said Adejumobi
Publisher: [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the late 1980s to the early years of the twenty-first century, African politics were defined by a concerted struggle for democratization and the clamor for good governance. Motivated and legitimized by the bitter experiences of structural adjustment programs and entrenched, repressive regimes, these democratic struggles triggered constitutional reforms, elections, new civil freedoms, and a variety of other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Said Adejumobi
ISBN: 9781137484345 1137484349
OCLC Number: 900632098
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. Democratic Renewal in Africa: Trends and Lessons Learned; Said Adejumobi --
2. Assessing Trends in African Democratization: Methods and Challenges; Abdul Raufu Mustapha --
3. Beyond Authoritarianism: Elections and the Changing Dynamics of State- Society Relations in Africa; Said Adejumobi --
4. The Origin of African Constitutions, Elusive Constitutionalism and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy; Tukumbi Lumumba Kasongo --
5. Africa's Long Road to Constitutionalism and Democracy: Two Decades on; Andre Mangu --
6. Towards a People Driven Constitution: Opportunities, Constraints and Challenges of the Kenyan Experience; Kibet A. Ngetich --
7. The Political Economy of Corruption in Africa: A Theoretical Discourse; Said Adejumobi --
8. Regional Organizations and Democratization in Africa: The ECOWAS Experience; Kehinde A. Bolaji.
Responsibility: edited by Said Adejumobi.

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From the late 1980s to the early years of the twenty-first century, African politics were defined by a concerted struggle for democratization and the clamor for good governance. Motivated and legitimized by the bitter experiences of structural adjustment programs and entrenched, repressive regimes, these democratic struggles triggered constitutional reforms, elections, new civil freedoms, and a variety of other forms of political progress. Yet the scope and success of these reforms have varied widely among different nations, and some scholars have even argued that responsible governance and democratic progress have even contracted in the intervening two decades. This comprehensive volume provides both retrospective and forward-looking perspectives on the current state of democracy and governance across the African continent. Synthesizing the latest research the various nation-level democratization initiatives, it offers an invaluable survey of this latest chapter in Africa's postcolonial history.

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