The Feasibility of Democracy in Africa
Claude Ake considers the unique features of African democracy. He explains why its development must stem from the ordinary people of Africa and from their concept of participation. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Don't already have an Oxford Academic account? Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
LAPAI JOURNAL OF CENTRAL NIGERIA HISTORY. Book Review. Title: Democracy and Development in Africa. Author: Claude Ake.
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About the Author
Claude Ake was a leading African political scientist and activist born in Nigeria whose highly significant and influential work on African political economy spanned over twenty years. His views on democracy, development, and rights widely influenced the development of social science in Africa as it is today., Issues dealt with in this study of democracy in Africa, include underdevelopment and economic marginality, ethnic consciousness and the nature of political power in Africa. A true African democracy, Ake argues, is both a second independence and a deep need for self- realisation.
Despite three decades of preoccupation with development in Africa, the economies of most African nations are still stagnating or regressing. For most Africans, incomes are lower than they were two decades ago, health prospects are poorer, malnourishment is widespread, and infrastructures and social institutions are breaking down. An array of factors have been offered to explain the apparent failure of development in Africa, including the colonial legacy, social pluralism, corruption, poor planning and incompetent management, limited in-flow of foreign capital, and low levels of saving and investment. Alone or in combination, these factors are serious impediments to development, but Claude Ake contends that the problem is not that development has failed, but that it was never really on the agenda. He maintains that political conditions in Africa are the greatest impediment to development.
Ake pronounced AH-kay was considered "one of Africa's foremost political philosophers. He was professor of political economy and dean of the University of Port Harcourt's Faculty of Social Sciences for some years in the s and s after having taught at Columbia University , where he earned his Ph. His permanent home was in Port Harcourt. At Yale, he taught two political science courses—one, called State in Africa, which was for undergraduates and graduate students, and another for undergraduates, about aspects of development and the state in Africa. While teaching at Yale he lived in temporary quarters on the Yale campus. He wrote in , in an essay on the African state: "Power is everything, and those who control the coercive resources use it freely to promote their interests. His concern was primarily with the average African and how to improve the nature of his conditions.
Ake, Claude Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works about Claude Ake. Most widely held works by Claude Ake. Democracy and development in Africa by Claude Ake Book 15 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Despite three decades of preoccupation with development in Africa, the economies of most African nations are still stagnating or regressing. For most Africans, incomes are lower than they were two decades ago, health prospects are poorer, malnutrition is widespread, and infrastructures and social institutions are breaking down.