Democracy for Breakfast

Democracy for Breakfast

Unveiling Mirage Democracy in Contemporary Africa

Tatah Mentan

Democracy is the faith that the process of experience is more important than any special result attained, so that special results achieved are of ultimate value only as they are used to enrich and order the ongoing process. Africans must therefore be allowed to apply their cultural and historical experiences and talents in working out a pattern of 'government of the people, by the people, and for the people' according to their own understanding and as their own peculiar circumstances demand. Those who do not want the vertical 'Western-Style Democracy' must be given a fair chance to demonstrate an alternative African horizontal democracy. Perhaps what they come up with might be of benefit to politics even in the West, provided that their radical system of horizontal democracy protects the life, liberty and property of citizens, and provided that the people want it. The question of externally imposed or market-driven multi-party or dual-party or non-party is a matter of modality and should not occupy the center stage in Africa.

ISBN 9789956791279 | 374 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2013 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

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“The need for an effective democracy informed by the experiences, creativity and expectations of Africans – an argument well-schooled and well-made by one of the foremost students of power and political processes in Africa –”

Francis B. Nyamnjoh, author of Africa’s Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging

About the Author

Tatah Mentan

Professor Tatah Mentan has taught Political Science as well as journalism and mass communication in African, American, and Canadian universities. His research interests are in the areas of globalization and security issues, contemporary African politics and the political economy of international relations. Prominent among Tatah Mentan’s publications are the following books: Dilemmas of Weak States: Africa and transnational terrorism in the twenty-first century, Ashgate, 2004; Held Together by Pins: Liberal Democracy Under Siege in Africa, Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007; With Neither Guns nor Bullets : Recolonisation of Africa Today, Global Publishers, New Delhi, India, 2007. Dr Tatah Mentan has authored scores of peer-reviewed articles published in scholarly journals in Africa and abroad.

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