Constitutional reform

Unconstitutional changes of government in Africa. What Implications for Democratic Consolidation?

Upphovsperson: Omotola, J. Shola
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation | Uppsala
År: 2011
Ämnesord: Africa, Constitutional reform, Political crisis, Coups d’etat, Political power, Democratization, Governance, militarism, case studies, Political science, Statsvetenskap
This Discussion Paper is based on a conceptual and analytical reading of cases of unconstitutional change of government in Africa. It provides a deep and up-to-date exploration of the prospects for democratic consolidation on the continent against the backdrop of an upsurge in unconstitutional changes of government. Rather than focus only on the internal threats to democracy in Africa, the author also analyses the role of neighbouring states, regional organisations and hegemonic forces within the international community in advancing or limiting democracy. In this regard, this work sheds light on why the pursuit of the liberal democratic project in Africa has so far appeared to alienate ordinary people, while providing space for dominant elites to tamper with democratic institutions and processes, which then work against popular participation and democratic development. This paper is essential reading for scholars, policy practitioners, analysts and all those with an interest in the prospects for democracy in Africa.

The South African tripod : studies on economics, politics and conflict

Upphovsperson: Odén, Bertil
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 1994
Ämnesord: South Africa, Southern Africa, Conflicts, Violence, Dispute settlement, Constitutional reform, Political parties, Ethnicity, Social classes, Income redistribution, Economic growth, Negotiation, History, Post war, Political science, Statsvetenskap
In November 1993 the interim constitution was signed for a new South Africa without racially defined rights, without bantustans, and with universal suffrage for all adults. But what South Africa is emerging? What are the chances for peaceful transition and economic development, and who are the actors in the process? This book gives a well-documented and up-to-date background and analysis of the crucial tripod of peace and conflict, economics, and the political path to democracy.