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Title:Anthropological paradigm in Africa: the resurgence and significance of civil society in Zambia
Author:Mudenda, SibanyamaISNI
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Subjects:political systems
civil society
Social participation
political participation
Abstract:In Zambia one-party rule was imposed in December 1972 by the government of the United National Independence Party (UNIP). The State, through UNIP, monopolized political power until 1991, when the one-party system collapsed. The new democratic political system opened the way for the resurgence and increased participation of civil society and associated social movements in the politics and economic development of the nation. The vitality and development of civil society have become indispensable forces in aiding local efforts to democratize Zambian society. In the 1991 democratic transition the Zambian electorate had extremely high expectations of material benefits. Now, in an environment of radical structural adjustment and growing economic hardship, and in the absence of meaningful opposition, the participation of civil society in the decisionmaking process becomes crucial if democracy is to be consolidated. Civic organizations and the independent press are currently the principal domestic forces for government accountability in Zambia. Bibliogr.