The Challenge of African Democracy


Show simple item record Reddy, Thiven 2016-09-07T11:25:40Z 2016-09-07T11:25:40Z 2008
dc.identifier 10.1093/afraf/adn035
dc.identifier.citation Reddy, T. (2008). The Challenge of African Democracy. African Affairs, 107(428), 471-481. en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn 0001-9909 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract ORDINARY AFRICAN CITIZENS EXPECTED A BETTER LIFE following independence, but the post-independence period has proved to be utterly disappointing. The dominant narrative of the experience since independence can be read as follows: expectations at independence; failure of the state and elites to address African development and democracy; crisis of rule, poverty and societal withdrawal; structural adjustment programmes; internal opposition; democratic transitions with varied outcomes; and the present disappointment with democracy. Yet many of those living on the continent remain optimistic about the future. Where once coups were the established pattern for elite circulation, and single-party and military regimes dominated the African political landscape, the late 1980s witnessed a wave of competitive multi-party elections across the continent. In the hostile socioeconomic conditions prevalent in many African countries, the possibility of democracy flourishing was interpreted as a new beginning.
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.source African Affairs
dc.title The Challenge of African Democracy en_ZA
dc.type Book Review en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Book review en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies en_ZA
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