First published in 1998, This book is written by seasoned scholars of African Studies and it intended to make a significant contribution to the debate on democracy and democratization in the continent. It contains a rich mixture of analytical ideas and views on the transition to accountable, participatory, and democratic governance structures in Africa. It provides both students of African political economy and policymakers in the continent and in-depth analysis of the post-independence experience of African countries with institutional reforms. Specifically, it looks at the struggles of Africans, since independence, to provide themselves with more appropriate and viable governance structures and economic systems that enhance the ability to entrepreneurs to create wealth. The Book breaks new ground in that it places significant emphasis on the reconstruction of the neo-colonial state as an important first step to a successful transition to democratic and more accountable governance structures.
Table of Contents
1. General Introduction, Julius O. Ihonvbere, John Mukum Mbaku. 2. Where is the Third Wave? A Critical Evaluation of Africa’s Non-transition to Democracy, Julius O. Ihonvbere. 3. Structural Adjustment Programs and Democratization in Africa: The Case if Mauritania, Mohameden Ould-Mey. 4. Bureaucratic Corruption and the Crisis of Political Reforms in Africa, John Mukum Mbaku. 5. National Conferences and Democratization in Francophone Africa, John F. Clark. 6. Nigeria: How to Derail a Transition Program, Pita Ogaba Agbese. 7. State Collapse and Democratic Construction: Prospects from Liberia, George Klay Kieh , Jr. 8. Women and Political Participation in Kenya: Evaluating the Interplay of Gender, Ethnicity, Class and State, Eunice Njeri Sahle. 9. Democracy and Democratisation in Cameroon: Living with the Dual Heritage, Joseph Takougang. 10. How not to Consolidate a Democracy: The Experience of the Movment for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Zambia, Julius O. Ihonvhere. 11. South Africa’s First Democratic Elections and their Political Context, Fran Buntman. 12. Beyond Mobutu: The Opposition and the Struggle for Democracy in Zaire, Osita G. Afoaku. 13. Assessing the Future of Democracy in Africa: Internal and External Challenges, John Mukum Mbaku, Julius O. Ihonvbere.