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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:State, Governance and Insecurity in Africa
Author:Joseph, Richard
Periodical:Democracy and Development: Journal of West African Affairs
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:political systems
political stability
foreign policy
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Abstract:The security of Africa's peoples depends critically on the political entities they construct to pursue their common interests at national, regional and continental levels. The failure to establish coherent, legitimate and developmental States has rendered it impossible for the continent to achieve political stability and sustainable growth. In the new world order led by a US administration committed to the vigorous pursuit of its national interests, American trade, aid and security policies will profoundly impact African efforts to achieve peace and development. As for transforming governance, many gains in Africa were made during the 1990s especially in the emergence of more open polities and a handful of genuine democracies. However, the erosion of public institutions, as a result of corruption, autocratic rule, and the political manipulation of ethnicity and religion, has not abated. Without a fundamental, indeed revolutionary, transformation of governance in Africa, in both private and public sectors and at local, provisional and national levels, the woes of the continent will deepen. This revolutionary transformation of governance must be directed from within the continent, within Africa's communities, schools, businesses and research institutes. Bibliogr., sum. in French. [ASC Leiden abstract]