Democracy And Development In Africa

Democracy and Development in Africa
Publisher Brookings Institution Press
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Category Political Science
Total Pages 173
ISBN 0815723482
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Despite three decades of preoccupation with development in Africa, the economies of most African nations are still stagnating or regressing. For most Africans, incomes are lower than they were two decades ago, health prospects are poorer, malnourishment is widespread, and infrastructures and social institutions are breaking down. An array of factors have been offered to explain the apparent failure of development in Africa, including the colonial legacy, social pluralism, corruption, poor planning and incompetent management, limited in-flow of foreign capital, and low levels of saving and investment. Alone or in combination, these factors are serious impediments to development, but Claude Ake contends that the problem is not that development has failed, but that it was never really on the agenda. He maintains that political conditions in Africa are the greatest impediment to development. In this book, Ake traces the evolution and failure of development policies, including the IMF stabilization programs that have dominated international efforts. He identifies the root causes of the problem in the authoritarian political structure of the African states derived from the previous colonial entities. Ake sketches the alternatives that are struggling to emerge from calamitous failure--economic development based on traditional agriculture, political development based on the decentralization of power, and reliance on indigenous communities that have been providing some measure of refuge from the coercive power of the central state. Ake's argument may become a new paradigm for development in Africa.

Democracy and Development in Africa
  • Author : Claude Ake
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2001-09-19

Despite three decades of preoccupation with development in Africa, the economies of most African nations are still stagnating or regressing. For most Africans, incomes are lower than they were two decades ago, health prospects are poorer, malnourishment is widespread, and infrastructures and social institutions are breaking down. An array of

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Popular Media  Democracy and Development in Africa
  • Author : Herman Wasserman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2010-10-04

Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa examines the role that popular media could play to encourage political debate, provide information for development, or critique the very definitions of ‘democracy’ and ‘development’. Drawing on diverse case studies from various regions of the African continent, essays employ a range of theoretical

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Oil  Democracy  and Development in Africa
  • Author : John R. Heilbrunn
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-04-21

Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa presents an optimistic analysis of the continent's oil-producing states. With attention to the complex histories, the interactions of key industry actors and policy makers, and the goals of diverse groups in society, this contribution fills a gap in the literature on resource-abundant countries. John

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Democracy  Good Governance and Development in Africa
  • Author : Mawere, Munyaradzi,Mwanaka, Tendai R.
  • Publisher : Langaa RPCIG
  • Release Date : 2015-10-24

Questions surrounding democracy, governance, and development especially in the view of Africa have provoked acrimonious debates in the past few years. It remains a perennial question why some decades after political independence in Africa the continent continues experiencing bad governance, lagging behind socioeconomically, and its democracy questionable. We admit that

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Decentralization  Democracy  and Development in Africa
  • Author : Jan Erk
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-12-07

Decentralization reforms introduced to Africa in the 1990s have not always delivered the intended long-term outcomes. This is a collection on the consequences of these reforms two decades on. In addition to general and comparative overviews, the book contains case studies on Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ethiopia, and Uganda. The

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Democracy and Development
  • Author : Patrick J. Tangney,Duke University. Department of Political Science
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1991

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Gender  Democracy and Institutional Development in Africa
  • Author : Njoki Nathani Wane
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-04-25

This book analyses African foundations of gender, education, politics, democracy and institutional development by stimulating theoretical discourses. It offers a discursive framework on ways to examine the conceptualizations of African social development and a critical discourse on debunking the misconceptions that are attached to African location in the global arena.

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Growing Democracy in Africa
  • Author : Muna Ndulo,Mamoudou Gazibo
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-02-08

What is the state of governance in sub-Saharan Africa? Is it possible to identify the best practices and approaches to establishing political systems that promote accountability, transparency, peace, and civic space for all? These are the questions addressed in this book. While the concept of governance is considered to be

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Democracy in Africa
  • Author : Nic Cheeseman
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-12

This book provides the first comprehensive overview of Africa's history of democracy, grappling with important questions facing Africa today.

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Dictators and Democracy in African Development
  • Author : A. Carl LeVan
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-11-17

This book argues that the structure of the policy-making process in Nigeria explains variations in government performance better than other commonly cited factors.

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Africa in the Twenty First Century
  • Author : Gashawbeza Bekele,Adebayo Oyebade
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2018-12-04

This book, written by African scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, explores contemporary debates, controversies, achievements, challenges, and future prospects of African development and democratization from diverse theoretical perspectives.

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Prospects for democratic development in Africa
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Hoover Press
  • Release Date : 1997

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African Governance  Security  and Development
  • Author : Wanjala S. Nasong'o
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2021-08-10

This book examines the democratization process in Africa with a focus on issues of economic, social, and institutional development. Contributors analyze the impact of democratization on governance and institutional development, foreign aid and foreign direct investment, terrorism in Africa, identity politics, and the politics of oil extraction.

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Security and Democracy in Southern Africa
  • Author : Gavin Cawthra,André Du Pisani,Abillah H. Omari
  • Publisher : IDRC
  • Release Date : 2007

Southern Africa has embarked on one of the world’s most ambitious security co-operation initiatives, seeking to roll out the principles of the United Nations at regional levels. This book examines the triangular relationship between democratization, the character of democracy and its deficits and national security practices and perceptions of

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Voice and Power in Africa s Democracy
  • Author : Said Adejumobi
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-08-16

Africa has made notable progress in its nascent democracy but with uneven performance across countries. However, across the board, challenges abound. Central to Africa’s checkered democratic narrative is the weakness of its democratic institutions, participatory mechanisms and accountability platforms. This book interrogates these elements with the role and capacity

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