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Democratic transition in African politics: the case Of Kenya

Ahluwalia, Pal (1993) Democratic transition in African politics: the case Of Kenya. Australian Journal of Political Science, 28 (3). pp. 499-514. ISSN 1036-1146

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The splintered, struggling Africa of today cannot afford the luxury of multiple parties, independent presses and honest debate. In countries where national goals are not clearly defined, such freedoms enable the various factions to fight for self‐interest at the expense of majority concerns. National institutions are not strong enough to withstand these pressures, and governments are not cohesive enough to endure forces motivated by anything less than nationalistic concerns. At this stage most African countries are best served by benign dictators. Democracy can come later, if it is to come at all. But for now democracy is no more a panacea for African ills than is communism. What Africa needs to develop is an African political system, imported from neither East nor West, that combines elements of capitalism and socialism, both of which are inherent in the African character. It should include two concepts that Africans today mistakenly view as contradictory—economic incentive and social justice (Lamb 1987, 57–8).

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Office of the VC
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 03:41
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 03:41

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