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Description - Democracy in Senegal by Sheldon Gellar

Providing an in-depth comparative study of democracy formation, Gellar traces Senegal's movement from a pre-colonial aristocratic order towards a modern democratic political order. Inspired by Tocqueville's methodology, he identifies social equality, ethnic and religious tolerance, popular participation in local affairs, and freedom of association and the press as vital components of any democratic system. He shows how centralized state structures and monopoly of political power stifled local initiative and perpetuated neo-patrimonial modes of governance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403970275
ISBN-10: 1403970270
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 222
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sheldon Gellar

SHELDON GELLAR is a Visiting Scholar at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, USA. He has worked in francophone Africa as researcher, teacher and international development consultant for more than forty years on democracy and development issues. He is the author of Structural Changes and Colonial Dependency: Senegal: 1885-1945 and Senegal: An African Nation Between Islam and the West. He also served as Democracy advisor to the USAID/Senegal mission in 1998-1999.