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Title:The State, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Africa
Author:Jjuuko, Frederick W.ISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:political systems
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:This article addresses the profound changes occurring within African States today. It examines the dwindling role of the State in the economy and in the provision of basic social services, and considers the waning power of the bureaucracy and the military as well as questions surrounding the territorial sovereignty and integrity of many African States. It discusses the effectiveness of the State in its traditional regulatory role, and identifies the forces priming a process of globalization whose denouement appears to be the usurpation of the African nation and the establishment of a 'global State'. These forces reveal themselves in the form of environmental issues and NGOs. The article concludes with a consideration of the contradictory movement in present African struggles against the backdrop of the decline of the nation-State and the rise of the global State. It identifies the basic elements and direction of these developments and how they impinge on the prospects for democracy and constitutional rule and the notion of human rights in Africa. Notes, ref.