Democracy and Democratization in Africa

By Lembe Tiky.

Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

Unlike other studies of democracy and democratization in Africa that start the investigation with postcolonial developments, this book is a comprehensive study that investigates political developments in African colonial and postcolonial states. The research finds that centralized and decentralized African states designed and implemented democratic institutions hundreds of years before they were ultimately defeated by European powers. This argument turns upside down the conventional view that the birth place of democracy is the ancient city-state of Athens; it shows that democracy emerged in Africa and later spread in Greece. Moreover, the book proposes an original theory of democratization that discusses the conditions of the emergence of democracy in the context of precolonial Africa.

Analyzing politics in contemporary African states, the study draws a sharp dichotomic line between democracy and dictatorship and proposes a classification and ranking of these two types of political regimes in Africa. Looking ahead, this work also discusses and proposes answers to some of the most important issues regarding the building of democratic regimes in contemporary African states.

The methodological strategy adopted by this project is that of triangulation: comparative historical analysis, theoretical and empirical analyses contribute to provide a comprehensive explanation of democratic development in both pre- and postcolonial African states.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 6.565MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr Lembe Tiky

Professor, International Relations and Comparative Politics, University of Connecticut, USA

Lembe Tiky, Ph.D., teaches international relations and comparative politics courses at the University of Connecticut and is an associate of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. His research interests include topics such as democratic theory, democratization, development, human rights, security issues, and foreign relations. Dr. Tiky received his B.A. from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon, his M.A. from the American University in Washington, DC, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to moving to the United States, he worked as a journalist and traveled extensively in the continent of Africa to cover political developments; he has published op-ed articles in numerous media outlets, including Slate Afrique and Njangui Press.

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