African Democracies and African Politics

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Challenging orthodox views on contemporary African politics and democracy, M.A. Mohamed Salih offers a fresh approach to the topic, emphasising the role of ethnicity and religion, in particular that of minorities. His central theme is that government donors from Western nations have imposed Western style democracy in Africa, ignoring the indigenous politics of the region, often resulting in chaos. As a consequence many African societies are divided by ethnicity.Revealing how minorities are inevitably marginalised in all aspects of development and education, Salih shows how, in many instances, they are treated as enemies of the state, as are the opposition parties. He examines democracy and authoritarian development in a pan-African context and the democratic potential of political education, and provides a range of country-specific case-studies, including multi-party democracy in Sudan; democratising anarchy in Sierra Leone; religious violence in Obasanjo's Nigeria and ethnic federalism in more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 133.35 x 215.9 x 19.05mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745317251
  • 9780745317250

Review quote

'This well-informed study starts from the premise that Western-style democracy has never been appropriate in Africa and is unlikely to catch on anytime soon' -- Foreign Affairs 'An eloquent, accessible and above all, ambitious study of democracy across the continent of Africa' -- The European Journal of Developmental Researchshow more

About M. a. Mohamed Salih

Mohamed Salih is Professor of Politics at the Institute of Social Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He is also a board member of the International African more

Table of contents

Preface Maps 1 Introduction 2 Ethnicity in Quasi-Polyarchies 3 Harnessing Authoritarian Development 4 The Democratic Potential of Democratic Education 5 An Authoritarian Circus: Sudan from NIF to 6 Multi-Party Democracy 7 Sierra Leone: Democratising Anarchy 8 Nigeria: Democracy, Ethnicity and Faith 9 Southern African Democracies and 10 South Africa's Resilience 11 Minorities in First-Past-the Post Bibliography Indexshow more