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Democratization in Africa Progress and Retreat

ISBN-10: 0801894840
ISBN-13: 9780801894848
Edition: 2nd 2010
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

At a time when democracy seems to be in retreat in many parts of the world, Africa presents a more mixed picture. A number of African countries have been convulsed by high-profile crises, while others have quietly continued making progress on the difficult path toward democratic stability.Democratization in Africa: Progress and Retreat brings into focus the complex landscape of African politics by pairing broad analytical surveys with country-specific case studies -- most previously published in the Journal of Democracy and all written by prominent Africanists with deep knowledge of the continent and their subject countries.Thematic chapters address some of the major forces working for and against African democracy: the phenomenon of "frontier Africa"; presidentialism; the rise of independent legislatures; the rule of law versus the "big man"; the institutionalization of political power; the decline of military coups; the paradox of growth without prosperity; and the roles of formal and informal institutions. Countries examined include Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Democratization in Africa: Progress and Retreat is an essential primer for students of African politics and those interested in the future of democracy around the world.Contributors: Kate Baldwin, Joel D. Barkan, Michael Bratton, Michael Chege, John F. Clark, Larry Diamond, Steven Friedman, Kenneth Good, E. Gyimah-Boadi, Barak Hoffman, Richard Joseph, Seth Kaplan, Maina Kiai, Peter Lewis, Eldred Masunungure, Penda Mbow, Andrew M. Mwenda, Dave Peterson, Daniel N. Posner, H. Kwasi Prempeh, Lindsay Robinson, Paula Roque, Rotimi T. Suberu, Herbert F. Weiss, Christopher Wyrod, Daniel J. Young

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Progress and Retreat in Africa
Challenges of a "Frontier" Region
Presidents Untamed
Legislatures on the Rise?
The Rule of Law versus the Big Man
The Institutionalization of Political Power in Africa
The Decline of the African Military Coup
Growth Without Prosperity in Africa
Formal versus Informal Institutions in Africa
West Africa
Nigeria's Muddled Elections
Another Step Forward for Ghana
Senegal: The Return of Personalism
Sierra Leone: A Vote for Better Governance
Liberia Starts Over
East Africa
Kenya: Back from the Brink?
The Crisis in Kenya
Tanzania's Missing Opposition
Personalizing Power in Uganda
The Remarkable Story of Somaliland
Southern and Central Africa
An Accidental Advance? South Africa's 2009 Elections
The Illusion of Democracy in Botswana
Zambia: One Party in Perpetuity?
Voting for Change in the DRC
Angola's Fa�ade Democracy
Zimbabwe's Long Agony
Index

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