Democracy Works: Re-Wiring Politics to Africa's Advantage (Paperback)

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Democracy Works: Re-Wiring Politics to Africa's Advantage By Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo, Tendai Biti Cover Image


Democracy Works asks how we can learn to nurture, deepen and consolidate democracy in Africa. By analyzing transitions within and beyond the continent, the authors identify a 'democratic playbook' robust enough to withstand threats to free and fair elections. However, substantive democracy demands more than just regular polls. It is fundamentally about the inner workings of institutions, the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, and leadership in government and civil society. It is also about values and the welfare and well-being of its citizens, and demands local leadership with a plan for the country beyond simply winning the popular vote.

This volume addresses the political, economic and extreme demographic challenges that Africa faces. It is intended as a resource for members of civil society and as a guide for all who seek to enjoy the political and development benefits of democracy in the world's poorest continent. Finally, it is for donors and external actors who have to face critical decisions--especially after ill-fated electoral interventions such as Kenya 2017--about the future of observer missions and aid promoting democracy and good governance.

About the Author

Greg Mills directs the Brenthurst Foundation. Olusegun Obasanjo was President of Nigeria (1999-2007) and Chairperson of the African Union (2004-2006). Tendai Biti is a constitutional lawyer, human rights activist, and former Zimbabwe finance minister. Jeffrey Herbst is President of the American Jewish University, Los Angeles. A political scientist, Professor Herbst taught at Princeton University for eighteen years and is the author of States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control and many other books and articles. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of Freedom House, he has served on the advisory board of The Brenthurst Foundation since 2005.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781787381452
ISBN-10: 1787381455
Publisher: Hurst & Co.
Publication Date: April 1st, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English