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Title:The State, civil society and democracy in Africa
Author:Wiredu, KwasiISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy
Volume:12
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:241-252
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:political systems
democracy
politics
State
civil society
political participation
social control
Traditional culture
Abstract:Consensual governance in the African tradition was essentially democratic. The majoritarian form of democracy seen in the multiparty systems in Britain and the USA are drastically antithetic to both Africa's own traditions of democracy and the complexities of Africa's contemporary situation. Although the kinship basis of Africa's political systems of old cannot be reinvoked in this day and age, it is still a practical proposition to try to fashion a contemporary nonparty form of government based on the principle of consensus. In this way it may be possible to restore the lost continuity between the State and civil society in Africa.
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