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Title:The state, democracy and poverty eradication in Africa
Editor:Matlosa, KhabeleISNI
Publisher:Electoral institute of Southern Africa] (EISA)
Geographic term:Africa
State-society relationship
poverty reduction
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Abstract:Some four decades into the continent's post-colonial existence, African States still remain enfeebled and unable to steer the development process and institutionalise democratic governance. This volume grapples with this conundrum and investigates both endogenous and exogenous factors accounting for it, as well as proffering possible solutions to the dual crises of democracy and development that is afflicting Africa today. Three themes run through the volume: 1. The nature of the State and its rightful role in Africa; 2. The challenges of democratisation in Africa; and 3. Progress, problems and prospects of eradication of poverty. The contributions are based on papers presented at a symposium held in November 2007 in Johannesburg (South Africa). Part I, State capacity, democracy and development, has papers on Africa in general (Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Emmanuel Manyasa), Southern Africa (Khabele Matlosa), Namibia (Bill Lindeke), and South Africa (Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Gwinyayi Dzinesa). Part II, Political elites, power and challenges for democracy and development, contains case studies from Kenya (Samuel Nyanchoga), Cameroon (Thaddeus Menang) and Southern Africa (Moletsane Monyake and Matseliso Mapetla). Part III, Political culture, citizen participation and democratic development, presents studies about Lesotho (Victor Shale, Mamoeketsi Ntho, Itumeleng Kimane, Matora Ntimo-Makara), Nigeria (Peter Osimiri), and Africa in general (Bhekinkosi Moyo). Part IV, Politics of poverty eradication and decentralization, has contributions about Southern Africa (Lionel Cliffe), Malawi (Blessings Chinsinga), Uganda (Ben Twinomugisha, Sabiti Makara) and Botswana (Marianne Ulriksen). In Part V, Global trends in democratisation and democracy promotion: lessons for Africa, issues addressed are the political and economic consequences of aiding democracy in Africa (Bertha Chiroro), Sino-African relations and democratic transition (William Muhumuza), and lessons for Africa from democratisation processes in Latin America (Philip Oxhorn). [ASC Leiden abstract]