The challenges of democracy and democratisation in Africa and Middle East

Tar, Usman A. (2010) The challenges of democracy and democratisation in Africa and Middle East. Information, society and justice journal, 3 (2). pp. 81-94. ISSN 1756-1078

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In discussions on the spread and prospects of democracy in the global south, Africa and Middle East are often depicted as less democratic, indeed undemocratic, regions. Both are seen as ridden with dictators, monarchies and dynastic rulers. Of course, such generalisations have their own flaws, but there is some truth regarding democratic deficits in the two regions. This piece explores the challenges of democracy in Africa and the Middle East. It asks the following questions: what are the factors militating against democracy? Is democracy a necessary precondition for development in the two regions? How are countries coming to terms with the challenges of democracy and nation-building?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, society and justice journal; Democracy, Democratisation; Political corruption; Dictatorship; Hegemony; Subordination; Elite politics; Africa; Middle East
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 13:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 15:07


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