Democracy Works: Re-Wiring Politics to Africa's Advantage (Paperback)
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Democracy Works: Re-Wiring Politics to Africa's Advantage (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 31/01/2019
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Democracy Works asks how we can learn to nurture, deepen and consolidate democracy in Africa. By analysing transitions within and beyond the continent, the authors identify a 'democratic playbook' robust enough to withstand threats to free and fair elections. However, substantive democracy demands more than just regular polls. It is fundamentally about the inner workings of institutions, the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, and leadership in government and civil society. It is also about values and the welfare and well-being of its citizens, and demands local leadership with a plan for the country beyond simply winning the popular vote. This volume addresses the political, economic and extreme demographic challenges that Africa faces. It is intended as a resource for members of civil society and as a guide for all who seek to enjoy the political and development benefits of democracy in the world's poorest continent. Finally, it is for donors and external actors who have to face critical decisions--especially after ill-fated electoral interventions such as Kenya 2017--about the future of observer missions and aid promoting democracy and good governance.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787381452
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Politics matters to development -- the more competitive the system, the better the prospects. If you read one book this year on why democracy is important, make sure it's 'Democracy Works''. -- Karin von Hipple, Director General
'At a time when democratic values around the world are under threat, Democracy Works is a timely, clear and impressively researched analysis.' -- Sarah Sands, editor
'Ethiopia shows - as does this handbook for democrats - that democracy and development are indivisible.' -- Hailemariam Desalegn
'Democracy is essential to governance, the rule of law and economic well-being. In Venezuela, we know to our cost what happens when democracy dies - we die with it. I urge all those concerned with the state of their nation to read Democracy Works, and act on its findings.' -- Maria Corina Machado
'Much is made these days of Africa's buoyant prospects, of the dynamism to be found in the continent's youthful demographic profile and rapid urbanisation, especially when coupled with the embrace of new technologies. But this positive future is only possible if, as the authors vividly demonstrate here, African institutions are both democratic and effective.' -- J. Peter Pham

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