The Politics of Neoliberal Democracy in Africa

The Politics of Neoliberal Democracy in Africa

State and Civil Society in Nigeria

eBook - 2009
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Since the late 1980s, the changing dynamic of global development has driven the tide of democratic expansion in the developing world. In Africa, western donors have sought to impose ""neo-liberal"" visions of socio-economic and political institution-building, spreading political reforms and economic liberalization with far-reaching consequences. Associated with external interventions, but also sometimes conflicting with them, are internal protests against authoritarianism, which have problematically reinforced and/or undermined the donor agenda for democratic reform.

Here Usman Tar questions the assumption that Africa was lacking the essential components for a spontaneous transition to democracy. He explores the dynamic, but contradictory, links between external and internal dimensions of neo-liberal democratic expansion in Africa, focusing on Nigeria. Tar dissects the struggles for democracy, and for democratic policy and practice in a country with rich economic potential, but a troubled political dispensation.

Publisher: London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 2009.
ISBN: 1845116569
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 269 p.) : ill., maps.
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc


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