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Political reform in Francophone Africa

Author: John Frank Clark; David E Gardinier
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1997.
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Following a few fleeting years of democratic rule after independence, dictatorship came to be viewed as much a part of the African social landscape as its grinding poverty. The end of the Cold War and the sharpening of the economic crisis at the end of the 1980s, however, have breathed new life into campaigns for democracy in Africa. This volume explores the origins and evolution of political reform movements in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Political reform in Francophone Africa.
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605630567
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Frank Clark; David E Gardinier
ISBN: 0813327857 9780813327853 0813327865 9780813327860
OCLC Number: 35318507
Description: xviii, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The historical origins of francophone Africa / David E. Gardinier --
The challenges of political reform in sub-Saharan Africa : a theoretical overview / John F. Clark --
Benin : first of the new democracies / Samuel Decalo --
Congo : transition and the struggle to consolidate / John F. Clark --
Niger : regime change, economic crisis, and perpetuation of privilege / Myriam Gervais --
The Central African Republic : political reform and social malaise / Thomas O'Toole --
Burkina Faso : the "rectification" of the revolution / Laura E. Boudon --
Gabon : limited reform and regime survival / David E. Gardinier --
Cameroon : Biya and incremental reform / Joseph Takougang --
Côte d'Ivoire : continuity and change in a semi-democracy / Robert J. Mundt --
Senegal : the evolution of a quasi democracy / Richard Vengroff and Lucy Creevey --
Togo : the national conference and stalled reform / John R. Heilbrunn --
Zaire : flying high above the toads : Mobutu and stalemated democracy / Thomas Turner --
Chad : regime change, increased insecurity, and blockage of further reforms / Bernard Lanne --
Rwanda : democratization and disorder : political transformation and social deterioration / Timothy Longman.
Responsibility: edited by John F. Clark, David E. Gardinier.
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Following a few fleeting years of democratic rule after independence, dictatorship came to be viewed as much a part of the African social landscape as its grinding poverty. The end of the Cold War and the sharpening of the economic crisis at the end of the 1980s, however, have breathed new life into campaigns for democracy in Africa. This volume explores the origins and evolution of political reform movements in several states of Francophone Africa. The authors first make the case for the distinctiveness of Francophone Africa, based on the influences of colonial history, language, and France's contemporary role in Africa, then survey the challenges of reform, including the problems of transition from authoritarianism and consolidation of democratic regimes.

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