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- DescriptionDemocracy, prosperity and self-rule, this was the vision of African independence. The founding father of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, claimed: 'with self government, we'll transform Africa into a paradise in ten years'. A mere 50 years later, Nkrumah's assurance seems more than a distant dream. Across the continent, the 'optimism' that characterized the immediate post-independence period has largely faded. Meanwhile, ordinary Africans lurch between undemocratic, unaccountable and unresponsive governments and a decaying traditional African past. How did things go so wrong? Why has the continent lagged behind others in ecomic development despite its potential natural resources? Why are so many African states prone to conflict? And why has democracy been slow to take root in a majority of the countries? The answers to these questions lie in complex interconnections between politics and society, between domestic and external forces. Politics in Africa offers a fresh perspective that makes the continent's problems more understandable, less wretched and even intensely hopeful. In doing so, it shows how many facets of traditional African values endure and that, despite unimaginable hardship, the continent is t a hopeless or even a sad place.
- Author BiographyNana K. Poku is the John Ferguson Professor of African Studies at the University of Bradford. He joined the University's Peace Studies Department in 2006 from the United Nations where he held the posts of Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and also Director of Research for the United Nation's Secretary General's Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (UN-CHGA). He currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Government of Ghana on PRSP and Health issues and has led 14 appraisal mission in 11 countries in Africa. He has also been an advisor to the European Union, the World Bank, the OECD, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Development Program, among other international agencies. Anna Mdee is Deputy Director of the John & Elnora Ferguson Centre for Africa Studies (JEFCAS) and also Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) in the School of Social & International Studies at the University of Bradford. Her research has focussed on aid policy, civil society and community-driven development in East & Southern Africa. She is currently working on developing strategic partnerships with African Universities to build long-term initiatives for strengthening development research and teaching.
- Author(s)Anna Mdee,Nana K. Poku,Professor Nana K. Poku
- PublisherZed Books Ltd
- Date of Publication09/06/2011
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintZed Books Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight204 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
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