Democracy In Black Africa: Survival And Revival

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Democracy In Black Africa: Survival And Revival

By John A. Wiseman
Paragon House, 1990
224 pp. $22.95

A British scholar looking at the surviving examples of democracy in Africa seeks to "change the focus from failure to success." His method involves detailed narration of the history of democratic politics in post-colonial Botswana, Gambia and Mauritius, and also of the revived democracy of Senegal, as well as that of other countries where democracy has flickered on and off since the post-independence coups of the 1960s. He does not probe the democratic aspirations among Africa's people, though this is surely important in understanding the surprising tenacity of democracy in often inhospitable circumstances.

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