Democratic Renewal in Africa: Trends and Discourses by S. Adejumobi

By S. Adejumobi

Because the Eighties, democratic struggles have brought on constitutional reforms, elections, and other kinds of political growth. This accomplished quantity deals clean views on Africa's democratic renewal and may open up discussion at the tendencies and trajectory of Africa's democratic destiny.

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Journal of Democracy, 20(3): 86–92. Mills, Greg and Jeffrey Herbst (2012), Africa’s Third Liberation, Johannesburg and New York: Penguin Books. Nwosu, Bernard. Ugochukwu. (2012), “Tracks of the Third Wave: Democracy Theory, Democratization and the Dilemma of Political Succession in Africa,” Review of African Political Economy, 39(131): 11–25. , Sam Oyovbaire, and Liadi Adele-Jinadu (1993), Transition to Democracy in Nigeria, Ibadan: Spectrum Books. Rotberg, Robert (2009), “Governance and Leadership in Africa: Measures, Methods and Results,” Journal of International Affairs, Spring/Summer 2009, 62(2): 113–126.

UNECA and UNDP (2013). Elections and the Management of Diversity in Africa. African Governance Report III, Oxford: Oxford University Press. CHAPTER 2 Assessing Trends in African Democratization: Methods and Challenges* Abdul Raufu Mustapha Introduction The 1989 National Conference in Benin opened the era of political liberalization and redemocratization in sub-Saharan Africa. A combination of internal and external factors created effective pressure for political change, which culminated in the introduction of multiparty elections in most African countries during the 1990s.

In their important study of African democratization, Bratton and van de Walle emphasize the Weberian concept of a patrimonial political system, one in which “an individual rules by dint of personal prestige and power, ordinary folk are treated as extensions of the ‘big man’s’ household, with no rights or privileges other than those bestowed by the ruler. Authority is entirely personalized, shaped by the ruler’s preferences. Modern African state systems are patrimonial to the extent that they ‘retain in modified form many of the characteristics of patrimonial rule’” (1997: 61–62).

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