Looking Back

Looking Back


by Joan E. Williams

  • Release: 2015-11-05
  • Genre: Political Science

At a time when there is the great debate in the USA about which countries interfere in other's democratic elections and a time of great turmoil in Venezuela, this is a most relevant and timely publication. For the current events in Venezuela, including the shortage of basic food, state sponsored terrorism, civil unrest, hyper-inflation etc. mirror conditions during the cold war era in the small nation state of Jamaica when they too experimented with socialism. It was during that period too that the Russian KGB, American CIA and Cuban DGI were a...

Ethnicity, Citizenship and State in Eastern Africa

Ethnicity, Citizenship and State in Eastern Africa


by Aquiline Tarimo

  • Release: 2011
  • Genre: Political Science

This volume, from an Africa perspective, examines the relationship between ethnicity and citizenship within the framework of nation-state. Its objective and scope engage relational aspects of political integration, awaken public conscience, and motivate civic engagement. It provides a platform that could be considered prerequisite for political transformation. Such a framework is indispensable not only for challenging the politics of exclusion and marginalization, but also for reconstructing fractured social relationships. The test of its valid...

Gender, Discourse and Power in the Cameroonian Parliament

Gender, Discourse and Power in the Cameroonian Parliament


by Lilian Lem Atanga

  • Release: 2010
  • Genre: Political Science

This book investigates gender and power relations in the Cameroonian parliament using a critical discourse analytical approach, which focuses on social issues and seeks to expose unequal relations within institutions. The study identifies different gendered discourses within the speeches of Members of Parliament and government ministers. Consciously or unconsciously, these participants within parliamentary debates draw on topics that construct women and men in specific ways, sometimes sustaining gender stereotypes or challenging existing condit...

Anatomy of the Niger Delta Crisis

Anatomy of the Niger Delta Crisis


by Victor Ojakorotu

  • Release: 2010
  • Genre: History

Anatomy of the Niger Delta Crisis provides deep insights into the complex and varied interests that are at play in the Niger Delta. The nine treatises in this book identify the primary motivations and major players in the imbroglio surrounding the international oil market. The bold academic discourses, to a large extent, blame British imperialism, global capitalism, and Nigeria's political elites for the situation in the Niger Delta, which has a far-reaching global effect....

Democratic Governance and Political Participation in Nigeria 1999 - 2014

Democratic Governance and Political Participation in Nigeria 1999 - 2014


by 'Femi Omotoso

  • Release: 2016
  • Genre: Political Science

Democratic Governance and Political Participation in Nigeria 1999-2014 seeks to critically analyse Nigeria's democratic experience since 1999 when the current Republic was instituted. Given the chequered democratic antecedents of the country, the book examines the factors responsible for the resilience of the present democratic dispensation, in spite of forces inhibiting democratic consolidation. It also examines these inhibiting forces and makes recommendations for overcoming them. Finally, the book seeks to stimulate intellectual discourse on...

Neoliberal Bandwagonism. Civil society and the politics of belonging in Anglophone Cameroon

Neoliberal Bandwagonism. Civil society and the politics of belonging in Anglophone Cameroon


by Piet Konings

  • Release: 2009
  • Genre: Political Science

While neoliberals typically view civil society organizations as vital channels for the implementation of economic and political reforms, they are also inclined to blame the politics of belonging for the poor record of these reforms. Piet Konings rejects such notions and argues that the relationship between civil society and the politics of belonging is more complex in Africa than Western donors and scholars are inclined to admit. He argues that ethno-regional associations and movements are more significant constituents of civil society in Afric...

Oil, Politics and Violence

Oil, Politics and Violence


by Max Siollun

  • Release: 2009
  • Genre: Political Science

"An insider traces the details of hope and ambition gone wrong in the Giant of Africa, Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. When it gained independence from Britain in 1960, hopes were high that, with mineral wealth and over 140 million people, the most educated workforce in Africa, Nigeria would become Africa s first superpower and a stabilizing democratic influence in the region. However, these lofty hopes were soon dashed and the country lumbered from crisis to crisis, with the democratic government eventually being overthrown in a viole...

Scribbles from the Den

Scribbles from the Den


by Dibussi Tande

  • Release: 2009
  • Genre: Literary Collections

This collection consists of 49 insightful essays by leading Cameroonian blogger Dibussi Tande, which originally appeared on his award-winning blog Scribbles from the Den. These essays tackle some of the most pressing and complex issues facing Cameroon today such as the stalled democratization process, the perennial Anglophone problem, the crisis of higher education, the absence of the rule of law, the lack of leadership renewal, a stifled collective memory, and a continued inability to harness technology for purposes of national development, am...

Road Companion to Democracy and Meritocracy

Road Companion to Democracy and Meritocracy


by Godfrey B. Tangwa

  • Release: 2010
  • Genre: Political Science

The Essays Are Centered On The Theme Of Democracy And Meritocracy Which The Author Believes To Be The Preconditions For Genuine Development In Africa. The Immediate Focus Of These Essays Is Cameroon, A Country Remarkable For Experimenting With French/English Bilingualism And For Having A Political Dictatorship Which Claims, Wrongly Or Rightly, To Have Transformed Itself Into A Democracy; But They Are Equally Relevant To Other Countries In Africa And Beyond. Each Of The Essays Stands Alone But They All Are Telling Various Aspects Of The Same Sto...

Mediating Legitimacy: Chieftaincy and Democratisation in Two African Chiefdoms

Mediating Legitimacy: Chieftaincy and Democratisation in Two African Chiefdoms


by Jude Thaddeus Dingbobga Fokwang

  • Release: 2009
  • Genre: Political Science

This study analyses the effects of democratic transition in two African countries - Cameroon and South Africa - on chiefs and the institution of chieftainship. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the monograph explores the cultural and socio-political conditions that enabled chiefs to reinvent themselves in the new era of democratic politics despite their status as 'old political actors'. It explores the kinds of legitimacies claimed by chiefs in the new era and the responses of their subjects to such claims, particularly with respect to chiefs' i...

Visions of a Better World

Visions of a Better World


by Bea Vidacs

  • Release: 2010
  • Genre: Social Science

Examining the social and political significance of football in Cameroon, author Bea Vidacs's anthropological study goes beyond sports. Encompassing the period between 1994 and 2006, the work throws light upon changes in Cameroonians' political attitudes and interpretations of politics and of football as the revolutionary fervor of the early 1990s waned over time and increasingly turned into political disillusionment. Taking the ethos of sport as an ethnographic starting point she addresses such issues as politics, power, powerlessness, identity...

Challenging the State in Africa

Challenging the State in Africa


by Godwin Onuoha

  • Release: 2011
  • Genre: Social Science

Nigeria's return to civilian rule in May 1999 has been marked by interstices of democratic gains and unprecedented levels of violence, tension, and insecurity. Challenging the State in Africa critically analyzes the emergence of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and its quest for self-determination in Africa's most populous country and largest multi-ethnic state. Drawing on a multi-disciplinary framework, the book opens up new vistas to the connections between the absence or limited notion of citizensh...