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Crisis in the Union and Multi - Party Democracy in Tanzania

Ahluwalia, Pal and Zegeye, Abebe (2002) Crisis in the Union and Multi - Party Democracy in Tanzania. In: African Identities: Contemporary Political and Social Challenges. Routledge, UK. ISBN 9781315183664

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In 1989 the World Bank issued a document which argued that, ‘underlying the litany of Africa’s development problems is a crisis of governance’ (1989: 60). This document has meant the advent of the imposition of conditionality to effect liberal democratic government.1 More then a decade later good governance in its various guises dominates the donor agenda. The donor agenda is reminiscent of the heyday of colonalism and the civilsing mission which thrust Africa into the orbit of the European world albeit as a ‘dark continent’. This idea of Africa was punctuated by the very construction of Africa as an absence (Mudimbe, 1994). It is this absence which assigns to Africa a state of nullity which makes it uniquely available as the site of whatever fantasy one cares to propose. This paper seeks to understand the manner in which the notion of good governance has been applied to the East African nation, Tanzania.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Office of the VC
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2022 03:58
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 03:58

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