Subsaharan Africa in the 1990s: Challenges to Democracy and Development

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Rukhsana A. Siddiqui
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - 221 ˹


The economic performance of African countries south of the Sahara generally has been poor during the past two decades. External factors such as high oil prices, deteriorating terms of trade, and wars, and formidable internal factors such as corruption, chauvinism, authoritarianism, and violence have continued to plague the region. Whereas in the 1980s the Subsahara was overwhelmed by drought, devaluation, and debt, the 1990s have brought the paradox of civil strife and a complex transition to democracy. This volume surveys the major political, economic, social, ecological, and gender related aspects of Subsaharan Africa's struggle toward democracy. Its essays pose two fundamental sets of ideas: that the internal equilibrium can be restored only through institutional changes with these countries; and that the political and economic dilemmas in the region are closely related to issues of gender and the environment. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, developmental economics, and African studies.

 

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Building a
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The New Civil Society and Democratic Transitions in Africa
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Labor Structural Adjustment and Democracy in
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Nongovernmental Organizations and GovernmentOrganized
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International Human Rights and
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The Role of Organizations in
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Bibliography
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Index
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About the Contributors
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RUKHSANA A. SIDDIQUI is Associate Professor at Quaid-i-Azam University in Pakistan. She holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held teaching and research positions at Yale University, University of Dar-es-Salaam, and Bilkent University. Her books include Subsaharan Africa: A Subcontinent in Transition (1993) and Ideology and Socialist Transition in Tanzania (1988). She publishes in Annals of the American Academy of Political Science, Review of African Political Economy, and Canadian Journal of Peace Research.

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