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Title:Politics in Ghana since 1957: the quest for freedom, national unity, and prosperity
Author:Gyimah-Boadi, EmmanuelISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:political history
Abstract:Three main themes have animated Ghanaian politics since independence: prosperity, democracy, and national unity. Yet, much of Ghana's 50-year quest for these ideals was dominated by false starts as well as twists and turns. The lofty dreams of life after independence turned nightmarish in much of the first thirty years of Ghana's nationhood. In recent years, however, Ghana appears to have returned to her earlier promise. This essay sketches Ghanaian politics over the fifty years since independence, highlighting key elements of change and continuity. It divides postindependence Ghanaian politics into two historical periods, first tracing distinct developments in democracy, unity and prosperity before the Fourth Republic and then analyses the post-1992 period. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]