The Politics of Neoliberal Democracy in Africa

The Politics of Neoliberal Democracy in Africa

State and Civil Society in Nigeria

eBook - 2009
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Since the late 1980s, the changing dynamic of global development has driven the tide of democratic expansion in the developing world. In Africa, western donors have sought to impose ""neo-liberal"" visions of socio-economic and political institution-building, spreading political reforms and economic liberalization with far-reaching consequences. Associated with external interventions, but also sometimes conflicting with them, are internal protests against authoritarianism, which have problematically reinforced and/or undermined the donor agenda for democratic reform.

Here Usman Tar questions the assumption that Africa was lacking the essential components for a spontaneous transition to democracy. He explores the dynamic, but contradictory, links between external and internal dimensions of neo-liberal democratic expansion in Africa, focusing on Nigeria. Tar dissects the struggles for democracy, and for democratic policy and practice in a country with rich economic potential, but a troubled political dispensation.



McMillan Palgrave

Since the late 1980s, the changing dynamic of global development has driven the tide of democratic expansion in the developing world. In Africa, western donors have sought to impose ""neo-liberal"" visions of socio-economic and political institution-building, spreading political reforms and economic liberalization with far-reaching consequences. Associated with external interventions, but also sometimes conflicting with them, are internal protests against authoritarianism, which have problematically reinforced and/or undermined the donor agenda for democratic reform.

Here Usman Tar questions the assumption that Africa was lacking the essential components for a spontaneous transition to democracy. He explores the dynamic, but contradictory, links between external and internal dimensions of neo-liberal democratic expansion in Africa, focusing on Nigeria. Tar dissects the struggles for democracy, and for democratic policy and practice in a country with rich economic potential, but a troubled political dispensation.



Blackwell North Amer
Usman Tar explores the dynamic, but contradictory, links between external and internal dimensions of neo-liberal democratic expansion in Africa, focusing on Nigeria. He examines the realpolitik of changes in the global balance of power and its impact on domestic structural and socioeconomic changes, with far reaching implications for state-society relations and linkages of the state, civil society, governance, democracy and citizenship. In doing so he dissects the struggles for democracy and for democratic policy and practice in a country with rich economic potentials but a troubled political dispensation.

Publisher: London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 2009
ISBN: 9781845116569
1845116569
9781441616043
1441616047
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 269 pages) : illustrations, maps

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