Book by Wiseman, John A
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A political scientist who has done research in Botswana, Nigeria, and The Gambia, Wiseman proposes a theory that democracy is a viable form of government in Africa and that, in the long run, there will be an increase of democracies in Africa rather than a decrease. Too much attention has been paid to the failures and not to the successes (of which there are some) in Africa, says Wiseman, and there is a strong movement for democracy even in countries where it appears to have been tried and has failed. An unusually optimistic view of African politics, useful in highlighting a different perspective and raising questions of possiblities. For African studies collections.
- Maidel Cason, Univ. of Delaware, Newark
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Since 1960, most newly independent African states have been controlled by military, authoritarian governments, and even those where elections take place tend to be dominated by a single party. Nevertheless, argues Wiseman, a British political scientist who has taught in Nigeria and Botswana, democracy is the political system that most accurately reflects the pluristic nature of all African states. In this optimistic study he examines the survival of democracy in Botswana, Gambia, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, its revival in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and elsewhere, and confidently--some would argue unrealistically--predicts that the future of African democracy is likely to be patchy and changeable but persistent.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Paragon House, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1557781400