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Description - Liberal Democracy and Its Critics in Africa by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasonga

The institutional forms and processes of democracy are spreading in Africa as dictatorial regimes have been forced to give way. But democratic form and democratic substance are two different things. Western-derived institutional forms are neither necessarily the most appropriate nor the most practical in the current African context, and rooting democratic norms in African political cultures raises socio-cultural questions. This book draws on the experiences of particular African elections and countries to explore the continuing impact of police state apparatuses; the factors influencing voters' attitudes and behaviour; the impact of incumbency on electoral competition; women's participation; and the lack of choice in party programmes. The fundamental issue is whether democratic processes as currently practised in Africa are really making any difference.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842776193
ISBN-10: 1842776193
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasonga

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo is professor of political science at Wells College and holds positions at Cornell University, Hiroshima University and Universite de Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire. The contributors are African scholars. The book is published with CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.