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Title:Scholars and Democratic Politics in Nigeria
Authors:Beckman, BjörnISNI
Jega, Attahiru M.
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Nigeria
trade unions
student movements
Politics and Government
Labor and Employment
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056249508704119
Abstract:This paper deals with the role of organized interests in democratization in Nigeria in the 1980s and 1990s. Interest groups are commonly branded as 'vested' or 'special interests' and as obstructing both the 'national interest' and the interests of less organized classes. First, the paper looks at what happens in the arenas which are the direct operative spheres of particular organized interests. Next, it examines if and in what ways the expansion of democratic space in the arenas of organized interests is of relevance for wider popular interests. It also touches on the internal democratic constitution of the organized interests themselves as being decisive for their ability to reproduce themselves as forces of democratization. Two organizations are used to illustrate the argument: the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASW) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).The paper concludes that both ASUU and NANS have played an important role in spearheading wider popular protests in the absence of other democratic channels under the military dictatorship. Bibliogr., sum.