Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition Susanna D. Wing

ISBN: 9780230109155

Published: December 15th 2010

Paperback

260 pages


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Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition  by  Susanna D. Wing

Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition by Susanna D. Wing
December 15th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 260 pages | ISBN: 9780230109155 | 5.64 Mb

Forty-one different African states have adopted over fifty-seven new constitutions since 1989- yet few of these have become foundations for democracy. Failed transitions, subsequent instability, and violent conflict make it clear that democracyMoreForty-one different African states have adopted over fifty-seven new constitutions since 1989- yet few of these have become foundations for democracy. Failed transitions, subsequent instability, and violent conflict make it clear that democracy cannot simply be constructed by holding elections and implementing new constitutions.Unlike other attempts to explain both the frequent failures and the success stories of African constitutionalism by focusing on constitutional outcomes, Wings study examines the process by which constitutions and democratic institutions are constructed.

Based on extensive field work in Mali, this book explores how innovative constitutional dialogues involving participation, negotiation, and recognition of groups previously excluded from political decision-making may be the key to a legitimate constitution.Winner of the 2009 Best Book Award from the African Politics Conference Group



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