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Title:Democracy and conflict management in Africa: is Ghana a model or a paradox?
Author:Ayelazuno, JasperISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0850-7902)
Volume:10
Issue:1-2
Pages:13-36
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:conflict resolution
political conflicts
democracy
political science
politics
Conflict management
democratization
Ghana--Politics and government
Abstract:There is an emerging orthodoxy that Ghana is a model of democratic peace in Africa. This essay challenges this view from a critical political economy perspective, arguing that the glorified democratic image of Ghana serves to mask potential 'powder kegs' in the country. Therefore, it urges that research on democracy and conflict management in Africa be broadened from its narrow fixation on 'procedural' electoral processes to interrogating the liberal model of democracy that is often installed by these elections. Liberal democracy is embedded within the same political and economic factors that have contributed to deadly conflicts in Africa because of the inherent contradiction between political equality and socioeconomic inequality. This contradiction has not been resolved in Ghana, making an enduring peace particularly fragile. Hence the essay calls for research into the country-specific sociological factors that underlie any enduring peace in Ghana. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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