The global movement toward democracy, spurred in part by the ending of the cold war, has created opportunities for democratization not only in Europe and the former Soviet Union, but also in Africa.
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.
By focusing on the opinion and views of African intellectuals, academics, writers, and political activists and observers, the book provides a unique perspective regarding the dynamics and problems of democratization in Africa.
Table of Contents
|Background and Purpose of the Workshops||1-2|
|The Movement Toward Democracy in Africa||3-11|
|Transitions to Democracy in Africa||12-30|
|Democracy and Governance in Africa||31-45|
|Institutions Needed to Sustain Democracy||46-59|
|Role of Extra-African Forces in Democratization||60-73|
|Conclusion: Role of Africans in the Democratiztion Process||74-78|
|Appendix: Workshop Participants||79-85|
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