Closing the Circle: Democratization and Development in Africa (Paperback)

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We all know that many African countries face political tyranny, failed capitalist development, and violent domestic conflict. What is less clear is what relationship may exist between effective democratic institutions and the solution of the last two problems. Richard Sandbrook draws on the experience with democratisation of a carefully selected sample of countries: Ghana, Mali and Niger in West Africa; Zambia, Tanzania and Madagascar in East Africa; and Sudan. He illustrates the diversity of African experiences of the transition to democratic political forms and the complex relationships between democratic institutions and economic reform and social order. He concludes that the ultimate value of democratic institutions lies in whether they lead to economic progress and social justice and peace.

About the Author

Richard Sandbrook is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781856498289
ISBN-10: 185649828X
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2001
Pages: 192
Language: English