State building and democracy in Africa

a comparative and developmental approach by John W. Forje

Publisher: Nova Science Publishers in Hauppauge, NY

Written in English
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  • Democracy -- Africa,
  • Democratization -- Africa,
  • Nation-building -- Africa

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementJohn W. Forje.
LC ClassificationsJQ1879.A15 F685 2009
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23170494M
ISBN 109781607413714
LC Control Number2009008035

  Despite three decades of preoccupation with development in Africa, the economies of most African nations are still stagnating or regressing. In this book, the author traces the evolution and.   In this volume leading European, American and African scholars explore in detail the relationship between state, land and democracy. They examine the historical background of asset allocation and its impact on questions of nationality, the definition of citizenship, human rights and the current political and economic processes in southern Africa. State-building as a specific term in social sciences and humanities, refers to political and historical processes of creation, institutional consolidation, stabilization and sustainable development of states, from the earliest emergence of statehood up to the modern historical and political sciences, there are several theoretical approaches to complex questions related to role of. This book dissects and critically examines the matrix of Africa s multifaceted problems on governance, democracy and development in an attempt to proffer enduring solutions to the continent s long-standing political and socio-economic quandaries and hitches.

Africa’s destiny will be shaped by how much Africa constructs a sense of common identity based, not on the narrow lenses of state, race or religion, but constructed on Africa’s belief in democracy, governance and unity as the most viable policy option to mediate, reconcile and accommodate our individual and collective interests. Our primary focus will be South Africa’s transition to democracy in , followed by the institution-building process and present-day efforts to entrench democratic principles there. South Africa is routinely referred to as a country with one of the best constitutions in the world.   To better understand the patterns and shifts in democracy and elections in Africa, we selected Jaimie Bleck and Nicolas van de Walle’s new book, “Electoral Politics in Africa Since University of Pretoria, South Africa. PULP endeavours to publish and make available innovative, high-quality scholarly texts on law in Africa. PULP also publishes a series of collections of legal documents related to public law in Africa, as well as text books from African countries other than South Africa. This book.

Institutions and Democracy in Africa How the Rules of the Game Shape Political Developments Cited by 4; Cited by. 4. Crossref Citations. This book has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on Bringing the State Back In pp By Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham Get access. Check if you have. Democracy in Africa has come a long way, and over the years, the continent has had its own fair share of struggles in building strong democratic institutions. Research in Outdoor Education. Research in Outdoor Education is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal seeking to support and further outdoor education and its goals, including personal growth and moral development, team building and cooperation, outdoor knowledge. Democracy may be a word familiar to most, but it is a concept still misunderstood and misused at a time when dictators, single-party regimes, and military coup leaders alike assert popular support by claiming the mantle of democracy. Yet the power of the democratic idea has prevailed through a long and turbulent history, and democratic government.

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State Building and Democratization in Africa: Faith, Hope, and Realities. by Cyril K. Daddieh (Author), Kidane Mengisteab (Author) ISBN ISBN State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa: du Toit, Pierre: : by: As well as being the title of this book, state-building and democracy in South Africa is an issue gaining increasing relevancy on the African continent.

What can South Africa learn from Botswana, arguably Africa's most successful democracy, and Zimbabwe, one of South Africa's closest neighbours. In a refreshing approach to the age-old problem of finding a satisfactory balance between state. State building and democracy in Africa: a comparative and developmental approach.

[John W Forje] This book opens different vistas to Read more Rating: (not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first. Subjects: Democracy -- Africa.

Democratization -- Africa. Nation-building -- Africa. State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa: Authors: Pierre Du Toit, Du Toit Pierre Van Der P: Publisher: US Institute of Peace Press, ISBN.

Western democratic institutions have not easily taken root in African soil. Too often, attempts at cultivating democratic norms have foundered, leaving anarchy or authoritarianism.

What, then, are the chances that South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy will endure. With this question in mind, South African political scientist Pierre du Toit probes the conditions under which.

Search for books by title, author, ISBN, country, region, publication date and more. There are no contents that meet the filtering criteria. State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa. Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Pierre du Toit du Toit demonstrates that democratic outcomes depend on the nature and strength of the state.

State, Conflict and Democracy in Africa. Richard Joseph. Rating details 5 ratings 0 reviews. This volume explores important dimensions of state formation and erosion, social conflict and the gains and setbacks in democratization in contemporary Africa.

The results of nearly a decade of research, reflection and collegial interaction, the collection delineates the dominant patterns of political restructuring /5(5).

"This ambitious and original book turns a comparative historical lens on state-building in Africa A brave effort to rethink some outdated approaches to fundamental problems."—Foreign Affairs "An original and intriguing book, which I read with the greatest interest.

Herbst's argument is. Libya under Muammar Gaddafi practiced a form of democracy he established in Marchcalled the JAMAHIRIYA, an Arabic term generally translated as “state of the masses”.

It was based on Gaddafi’s theories outlined in his “Green Book”, published in titled “The Solution of the Problem of Democracy.”. State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa: Autoren: Pierre Du Toit, Du Toit Pierre Van Der P: Verlag: US Institute of Peace Press, ISBN:Länge: Seiten: Zitat exportieren: BiBTeX EndNote RefMan.

The book starts by placing democracy in Africa in historical perspective, demonstrating how the experiences of the s, 70s and 80s shaped the kinds of political systems that we see today.

In doing so, it reveals an often overlooked fact: African democracies are distinctive not because they face so many challenges, but because they have. colonies in Africa gained their independence and became nations.

As in Latin America, the establishment of democracy in Africa proved difficult. In many cases, the newly independent nations faced a host of problems that slowed their progress toward democracy. The main reason for Africa’s difficulties was the negative impact of colonial rule.

Democratization in Africa - Google Books. Democratization in Africa examines the state of progress of democracy in Africa at the end of the s.

The past decade's "third wave" of democratization. These episodes demonstrate that the potential for combined democracy- and state-building in Africa is still considerable. The reconfiguration of power in Africa.

1 The difference between state building and nation building is not always ap-preciated. Simon Chesterman uses only the term state-building, because, he claims, nation-building is specific to post-colonial situations. James Dob-bins and his co-authors at RAND solve the problem in an equally sweep.

State Building and Democratization in Africa by Cyril K. Daddieh,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

Democracy in Africa This book provides the fi rst comprehensive overview of the history of democracy in Africa and explains why the continent’s democratic experiments have so often failed, as well as how they could succeed.

Nic Cheeseman grap-ples with some of. Informed and intrigued by two events that happened in different eras, in different countries, Gardner Thompson has written an in-depth historical examination of the nature of 'imported' democracy as practised in the East African countries of Uganda, where he worked as a young History teacher in the 70s, Kenya and Tanzania.

What gives this book its uniqueness is the adoption of the Status of Democracy Index (SDI), which has been used to analyze and measure the level of democracy in Africa. This book is a novelty in its approach and depth of analysis. This paper investigates how democracy and dictatorship affect economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, and whether the effect from democracy on growth depends on level of state capacity.

Discover librarian-selected research resources on Democracy and Africa from the Questia online library, including full-text online books, academic journals, magazines, newspapers and more.

Democracy and Africa: Selected full-text books and articles. Democracy and Development in Africa By Claude Ake Brookings Institutuion, Read preview. Democracy in Africa is measured by a variety of indexes primarily devised by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), such as Freedom House's Freedom in the World index, and the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of the World index.

Both organisations measure a range of factors including human rights, property rights and free elections to determine the status of states as 'free', 'partially.

So what is the state of democracy in Africa. The findings of my book suggest that African politics is likely to take a number of directions, rather than cohering on a common experience. To put this another way, there is not one Africa, but three (or four, or five) Africa’s.

Democracy should not just be a word but a state of affairs. Sadly, Africa’s revolutionary parties that campaigned for majority rule know no limits when it comes to democracy. Like George Orwell illustrates in his popular novel, Animal Farm, it is now a case of the pigs becoming more and more like humans by the day, the saviours becoming more.

This book is based on workshops held in Benin, Ethiopia, and Namibia to better understand the dynamics of contemporary democratic movements in Africa.

Key issues in the democratization process range from its institutional and political requirements to specific problems such as ethnic conflict, corruption, and role of donors in promoting democracy. Evidence from Africa Jeffrey Herbst 15 Local Governance, Democracy, and Development Dele Olowu Part 4 Ethnicity, Conflict, and Insecurity 16 Ethnic Politics in Africa: Change and Continuity Marina Ottaway 17 Ethnic Insecurity, Peace Agreements, and State Building Donald Rothchild 18 State, Civil Society, and Genocide in Rwanda.

Civil society, democracy and state-building in South Africa. Stellenbosch, South Africa: Centre for International and Comparative Politics, University of Stellenbosch, [] (OCoLC) Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: P van der P Du Toit.

In order for democratic systems to bear fruit, politicians and authorities need to uphold the constitution.

Among the basic requirements of democracy, Africa continues to make strides in the guarantee of basic hudman rights, the equal right to vote and good governance, which refers to a focus on public interest.

ment in Africa. The fundamental question raised is whether ethnicity can be reconciled with the struggles for citizenship rights and democracy in the context of the “unfinished” nation-state project in Africa. This is an issue that resonates with the debate on the larger question of whether ethnicity obstructs or advances democracy in Africa.

Media and Democracy in Africa is organized to provide a historical perspective on the evolution of the African media, placing the present in the context of the past, including both colonial and post-colonial experiences. It will be of interest to Africa area specialists, students of media and communications, political scientists and sociologists.Part 6 Conclusion: Reflections on State, Conflict and Democracy, A.

Olukoshi. (source: Nielsen Book Data) Summary This volume explores important dimensions of state formation and erosion, social conflict and the gains and setbacks in democratization in contemporary Africa.Chapter 2. The state of democracy in Africa and the Middle East.

Chapter 3. The state of democracy in the Americas. Chapter 4. The state of democracy in Asia and the Pacific.

Chapter 5. The state of democracy in Europe. Methodology. Additional resources. Key findings: The Global State of Democracy Regime classification by region.