By M. Houngnikpo
Matt Houngnikpo examines how family clash, financial stagnation, political instability, poverty and underdevelopment have plagued Africa for many years. He argues reversal of the political, monetary and social plight of Africa lies in larger guidelines, strong governance, and, extra importantly, a brand new form of African chief and citizen.
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16 Although European states were politically divided, they shared a similar way of life and outlook. ” Europeans were extremely conscious and inordinately proud of their civilization, which they believed to be the well-deserved outcome of centuries of progress. Feeling themselves to be the most advanced in the important areas of human endeavor, they assumed that all peoples should respect the same social ideals. Inasmuch as other peoples were unwilling or unable to adopt these ideals those were backward.
Faced with such a situation, civil society, the private sphere that challenges state behavior,15 started searching for ways to be heard, but its lack of organization and resolve thwarted its chance to change the course of events. Civil society’s failure to influence new leaders opened up the door to “military” society. On behalf of their postindependence constitutional duty as the guarantor of the nation, the military moved in with both messianic rhetoric and a political program. Early coups d’état were welcomed, even praised, by Africans fed up with the deplorable political, economic, and social conditions of their continent.
This page intentionally left blank Chapter 2 Democracy’s Travails in Africa There is no effective way of changing regimes. Rulers refuse to relinquish power and the military uses violence to perpetuate itself. Political coercion and repression replace democracy. Life presidents have emerged, with a notion that a leader should “possess” a state and government. ” W hile African politics remains volatile and complex, the thaw of the cold war ushered in a new era marked by the collapse of authoritarian regimes and democratization.
Africa’s Elusive Quest for Development by M. Houngnikpo