The Role of Civil Society in Africa's Quest for Democratization - Ibrahim, Abadir M
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This book tests many of the assumptions, hypotheses, and conclusions connected with the presumed role of civil society organizations in the democratization of African countries. Taking a comparative approach, it looks at countries that have successfully democratized, those that are stuck between progress and regression, those that have regressed into dictatorship, and those that are currently in transitional flux and evaluates what role, if any, civil society has played in each instance. The countries discussed-South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt and Tunisia-represent a diverse set…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book tests many of the assumptions, hypotheses, and conclusions connected with the presumed role of civil society organizations in the democratization of African countries. Taking a comparative approach, it looks at countries that have successfully democratized, those that are stuck between progress and regression, those that have regressed into dictatorship, and those that are currently in transitional flux and evaluates what role, if any, civil society has played in each instance. The countries discussed-South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt and Tunisia-represent a diverse set of social and political circumstances and different levels of democratic achievement, providing a rich set of case studies. Each sample state also offers an internal comparison, as each has historically experienced different stages of democratization. Along the course of each case study, the book also considers the effect that other traditionally studied factors, such as culture, colonization, economic development and foreign aid, may have had on individual attempts at democratization. The first extensive work on civil society and democratization in Africa, the book adds new insights to the applicability of democratization theory in a non-Western context, both filling a gap in and adding to the existing universal scholarship. This book will be useful for scholars of political science, economics, sociology and African studies, as well as human rights activists and policy makers in the relevant geographical areas.
  • Produktdetails
  • Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development 5
  • Verlag: Springer / Springer, Berlin
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 978-3-319-18382-4
  • 1st ed. 2015
  • Seitenzahl: 300
  • Erscheinungstermin: Juli 2015
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 244mm x 162mm x 17mm
  • Gewicht: 536g
  • ISBN-13: 9783319183824
  • ISBN-10: 3319183826
  • Artikelnr.: 42520490
Inhaltsangabe
Chapter 1 - Conceptualizing Democracy, Democratization, and the Role of Civil Society.- Chapter 2 - The Beautiful Ones are Born: Consolidation of Democracy in South Africa and Ghana.- Chapter 3 - The Case of Nigeria: A State Stuck in Transition.- Chapter 4 - Ethiopia: A State Regressing from Democracy.- Chapter 5 - States in Transition: Some Unfinished Business.- Chapter 6 - A Comparative Analysis.- Chapter 7 - Civil Society in the Broader African Political and Social Context.- Chapter 8 - Summary of Conclusions.