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Democracy and Pluralism in Africa

Democracy and Pluralism in Africa

Edited by Dov Ronen

Lynne Rienner, 1986, 220 pp.

In this book, largely theoretical questions about democracy offer a useful focus for viewing African political development-particularly given the excellent contributions by a number of African scholars speaking out of a variety of national traditions. Recurring themes of the adaptability of traditional African styles of governance and the deadening effect of colonial constitutions are treated with particular distinction by Nigeria's John A. A. Ayrade and Zaïre's Ilunga Kabongo, who delineate African political tradition perceptively even if it may not succeed in translating into modern life.