Democratic Reform in Africa

Democratic Reform in Africa : The Quality of Progress

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After more than a decade of reform efforts in Africa, much of the optimism over the continent's prospects has been replaced by widespread "Afropessimism." But to what extent is either view well founded? Democratic Reform in Africa plumbs the key issues in the contemporary African experience - including intrastate conflict, corruption, and the development of civil society - highlighting the challenges and evaluating the progress of political and economic change. Case studies of Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa complement the thematic chapters, exploring the interactions between democracy and development.show more

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  • Hardback | 275 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1588262219
  • 9781588262219

Table of contents

Introduction - E. Gyimah-Boadi. Africa: The Quality of Political Reform - E. Gyimah-Boadi. Economic Reform: Patterns and Constraints - N. van de Walle. What "the People" Say About Reforms - M Bratton and R. Mattes. Civil Society and Democratic Development - E. Gyimah-Boadi. Corruption and Corruption Control - S.J. Kpundeh. Intrastate Conflict - S.J. Stedman and T. Lyons. Botswana: The Path to Democracy and Development - P. Molutsi. Mozambique: The Challenge of Democratization - B. Mazula. Nigeria: Prospects for the Fourth Republic - A. Agbaje. South Africa: Building Democracy After Apartheid - S. Friedman. Conclusion - L. Diamond.show more

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"This is a wonderful volume - the insights are fresh, the empirical material current, and the thematic chapters complemented by engagingly written case studies. The chapters seem to speak to each other as they present a rich and wide-ranging picture of Africa's experiences with democracy and reform. The result is an invigorating and challenging collection." - Frank Holmquist"show more

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