ISBN 9781904855200
Pages 92
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 1998
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

Political Liberalisation or Democratic Transition

African Perspectives

by Mamadou Diouf

The author opens up the debate on transition processes which have dominated economic and social studies on Africa over the past few years. This study illuminates political developments in the transition from an authoritarian and/or dictatorial regime,to one that is more respectful of human rights and public liberty, and emphasises theoretical, practical and political African concerns. An extensive bibliography includes works on Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe providing documentation for a comparative study between democratic transition in Africa and in other continents.

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About the Author

Mamadou Diouf

Mamadou Diouf is the Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, the Director of Institute for African Studies, and a professor of Western African history at Columbia University. He also serves as director of the Institute of African Studies at SIPA and has been instrumental in its recent reorganization. Diouf holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Prior to teaching at Columbia, he taught at the University of Michigan and before that at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. His research interests include the urban, political, social, and intellectual history of colonial and postcolonial Africa.

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