After independence many African countries abjured conventional patterns of political representation and democratic participation in the interest of creating a unified state and promoting economic development. Today, however, the dominant models of one-party democracy and African socialism are in terminal collapse as a result of internal pressures a
Table of Contents
Introduction: Socialism or Democracy, Socialism and Democracy -- Controversies -- Economic Democracy, Socialism, and the “Market” -- The State, Civil Society, and Democracy in Africa: Some Theoretical Issues -- Taking Democracy Seriously: Democracy-Bureaucracy Relations -- Democracy and the Agrarian Question in Africa: Reflections on the Politics of States and the Representation of Peasants’ and Women’s Interests -- Discourses of Democracy in the South African Left: A Critical Commentary -- Cases -- The National Resistance Movement, “Grassroots Democracy”, and Dictatorship in Uganda -- Inching Towards Democracy: The Ghanaian “Revolution”, the International Monetary Fund, and the Politics of the Possible -- Pastoralists, Socialism, and Democracy: The Sudanese Experience -- The Peasantariat, Politics, and Democracy in Botswana -- Gender, Participation, and Radicalism in African Nationalism: Its Contemporary Significance -- Beyond the Nation-State? Democracy in the Regional Economic Context -- Conclusion: The Future of Democracy in Africa
Robin Cohen is professor of sociology and a former director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, Coventry. He has previously held appointments at the universities of Ibadan, Birmingham, and the West Indies. He is the author of Labour and Politics in Nigeria (1975), Endgame in South Africa (1986), The New Helots: Migrants in the International Division of Labour (1987), and Contested Domains: Debates in International Labour Studies (1991).
Harry Goulbourne is principal research fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick. He lectured in politics at the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of the West Indies (Mona) for over ten years. He has written extensively on East African and Commonwealth Caribbean politics, and his publications include Politics and State in the Third World (1979), Teachers, Politics and Education in Jamaica, 1892–1972 (1988), and Ethnicity and Nationalism in Post-Imperial Britain (1991).