State Building and Democratization in Africa: Faith, Hope, and Realities


State building and democratization in Africa rarely attract the attention they deserve. Few have grappled with the relationship between state building (nation-building) and democratic experiments in Africa. This collection consciously corrects this shortcoming in African political studies. Among the issues raised: Does democracy facilitate state building or does it exacerbate ethnic conflicts? Are certain modalities of democratization more likely to facilitate state-building than others? Has the era of democracy created the need for new state building strategies? Does the objective of state building require signficant modifications in the essence and form of democracy?

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Cyril Daddieh
  • Kidane Mengisteab
  • John S. Saul
  • Marina Ottaway
  • Julius O. Ihonvbere
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999


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