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Democratic Reform in Africa

E. Gyimah-Boadi
Price: $ 23.5

"This is a wonderful volume¿the insights are fresh, the empirical material current, and the thematic chapters complemented by engagingly written case studies. The chapters seem to speak to each other as they present a rich and wide-ranging picture of Africa's experiences with democracy and reform. The result is an invigorating and challenging collection."¿Frank Holmquist, Hampshire College

After more than a decade of reform efforts in Africa, much of the optimism over the continent's prospects has been replaced by widespread "Afropessimism." But to what extent is either view well founded? Democratic Reform in Africa plumbs the key issues in the contemporary African experience¿including intrastate conflict, corruption, and the development of civil society¿highlighting the challenges and evaluating the progress of political and economic change.

Case studies of Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa complement the thematic chapters, exploring the complex interactions between democracy and development.

E. Gyimah-Boadi is professor of political science at the University of Ghana and executive director of the Center for Democratic Development, Accra.

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