Governance and Politics in Post-Military Nigeria: Changes and Challenges

Hardcover | December 15, 2010

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Democratic governance constitutes an enduring challenge for Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. The book reflects on the form, trajectory and content of democratic governance in post-military Nigeria from 1999. Nigeria’s democracy remains fragile, conflict sensitive and possibly reversible as the legacy of praetorianism and illiberal political culture constrain the progress and opportunities for democratic growth and consolidation in the country.  Progress and expectations are widely disconnected. The policy recommendations contained in the book provides invaluable pathway for reconstituting institutions, politics, power and governance essential for promoting democratic stability and growth in Nigeria.

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Democratic governance constitutes an enduring challenge for Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. The book reflects on the form, trajectory and content of democratic governance in post-military Nigeria from 1999. Nigeria’s democracy remains fragile, conflict sensitive and possibly reversible as the legacy of praetorianism and illibe...

Said Adejumobi is the Chief of the Public Administration Section and Coordinator of the African Governance Report (AGR) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.4 × 5.76 × 0.72 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230103952

ISBN - 13:9780230103955

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Democracy and Governance in Nigeria: Between Consolidation and Reversal – Said Adejumobi * Federalism, Political Restructuring and the Lingering National Question-- Musa Abutudu * Whose Catalyst?  Party Politics and Democracy in the Fourth Republic: From Theory to Denial -- Adigun Agbaje * INEC and the Electoral Process -- Said Adejumobi * Constitutionalism, Rule of Law and Human Rights -- Femi Falana * Nigeria’s Foreign Policy of Democratic Transition and Economic Reforms -- Warris Alli * The Masquerade Unmasked: Obasanjo and the Third Term Debacle -- Siddque Mohammed * External Actors and Nigeria’s Democratic Project: The Case of OSIWA -- Nana Tanko and Nana Afadzinu

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“Nigeria presents one of the most important, and the most fragile, efforts at democratization in Africa today. After more than a decade of civilian rule the country faces basic challenges to the quality of governance, the development of institutions, the protection of rights, and the credibility of elections. This thoughtful and cohesive volume, from a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners, offers significant insight, analysis, and new information on Nigeria’s current political evolution. It will be of value to a wide audience interested in the development and prospects of democracy in Africa’s most populous state.”—Peter M. Lewis, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)“This is a remarkably thoughtful book, providing, in its historical depth and the sweep of its rich policy-focused theoretical analysis, fascinating insights and a timely compass for navigating the treacherously slippery terrain of Nigerian politics, as the country moves forward towards a crucial set of federal and state elections in 2011. The contributors to the book, belonging to a new and refreshing generation of Nigeria and African scholars and activists, write with a passion that speaks loud for their committed scholarship and social activism. Said Adejumobi must be congratulated for bringing together such contributors and the book, which is well-written, is an important contribution to Nigerian and African politics.”—L. Adele Jinadu, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and President, African Association of Political Science (1997-1999), and Vice-President, International Political Science Association (2000-2003)      “During sixteen years of unbroken military rule, the promise of constructing a democratic polity in Nigeria was betrayed. The contributors to this splendid volume show how democratic and developmental governance has again been denied and what must be done to chart a new and sustained course.”—Richard Joseph, John Evans Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University