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Popular Struggles For Democracy In Africa
Popular Struggles For Democracy In Africa
Edited by Peter Anynag' Nyong'o
Zed Books, 1987, 288 pp

A distinguished group of African scholars looks at political struggles in Uganda, Congo, Zaïre, South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya and Swaziland, gauging how they do or do not (mostly the latter) represent progress toward mass participation. The overriding perspective is of a quest for democracy emanating from the left; as the editor argues it, only democratic freedoms can keep a socialist revolution on track-i.e., committed to the interests of all the people. Especially valuable are the introductory essay by the editor, and the discussion of the African state by Harry Goulbourne.