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Title:Democracy, de-democratisation and development in Nigeria
Author:Momoh, AbubakarISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Volume:32
Issue:2
Pages:61-85
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:democratization
development
Abstract:The author argues that democracy is not the same as democratization. Democracy has to do with representativeness and empowerment, wheras democratization is a process leading to a liberal democracy or market democracy prescribed for the Third World. Furthermore, Nigeria is not even democratizing, but, on the contrary, de-democratizing, i.e. the actions and inactions of politicians, the military and all those saddled with the political responsibility of expanding the democratic space - in particular the President Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration, have led to a shrinking democratic space and the imposition of an authoritarian culture. The author's second argument, which is related to the first, is that since 1999 the civilian leaders have employed political rhetoric to ensure de-democratization. Thirdly, the author argues that, although there is no binary relationship between democracy and development, the context for both exists in Africa, and Nigeria in particular. Finally, the author outlines the ways in which democracy and development could be put on the Nigerian agenda. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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