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Leadership and the Problem of Electoral Democracy in Africa

Case Studies and Theoretical Solutions

Author(s): E. Ike Udogu

Book Description

This volume explores the notion that African leaders are fundamentally responsible for electoral malfeasance throughout the continent. The quagmire of fixing elections in order to stay in power ad-infinitum has frequently led – and will continue to lead – to political violence, civil wars, internal displacement of citizens, international refugee crises, and economic malaise with its attendant crisis of underdevelopment. This book provides five case studies selected from Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa that illustrate some variations and similarities in the dilemma of electoral democracy in this epoch of Africa’s democratic experiment. It suggests, among other factors, Colin Powell’s and Abraham Lincoln’s theoretical templates as pointers for African political chiefs in their struggle for democratic consolidation – a successful move that could advance national legitimacy and political stability critical for impressive development in this millennium.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9939-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9939-9
Date of Publication: 01/11/2016
Pages / Size: 268 / A5
Price: £52.99


E. Ike Udogu is Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University, USA, where he teaches African, comparative and international politics, conflict and conflict resolutions, and human rights. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, a recipient of the Africa Excellence in Scholarship and Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship on Human Rights, Management of Ethnic Diversity, Democracy and Democratization in Africa, and was listed in the 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the Twenty-First Century, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in America. His publications include Liberating Namibia: The Long Diplomatic Struggle between the United Nations and South Africa; African Renaissance in the Millennium: The Political, Social and Economic Discourses on the Way Forward; and Examining Human Rights Issues and the Democratic Project in Sub-Saharan Africa, among others. He is the editor of Imagining the United States of Africa: Discourses on the Way Forward and The Developing World: Critical Issues in Politics and Society.