ISBN 9789956554256
Pages 156
Dimensions 203x127 mm
Published 2024
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Democracy Illusion in Mauritius

by Moshumee T. Dewoo

Once a beacon of democracy in Africa, Mauritius is today making headlines as a democracy in steep decline instead. This book dissects this decline through three lenses: local leadership mimicking inept foreign leadership (Chapter 1: Ineptocracy), colonial foundations naturally resistant to anything but coloniality (Chapter 2: Bad Bedrock), and a misplaced emphasis on Western-style order, rigidity and finality or solidity clashing with Mauritius' liquid identity, where this would thrive from flexibility and interconnectedness in incompleteness (Chapter 3: Misplaced Solidity). From here, the book argues that the challenges of Mauritius lie not just in democratic decline, but in a deeper incompatibility with democracy itself and any attempt to establish a successful form thereof is not only futile but also detrimental as it would hinder the flexibility and interconnectedness that are crucial for Mauritius' unique society. It urges scholars, policymakers, NGOs, IFIs, countries on a similar political development path, and the West in particular, accustomed to promoting and expecting democracy beyond itself, toward an inclusive global conversation in consideration of the right of different cultures to embrace political systems that truly serve the needs of their people.

"DR DEWOO'S BOOK PROVIDES A FRESH, IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THE ABUSE OF POLITICAL POWER IN MAURITIUS, CHALLENGING THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM OF THE COUNTRY'S DEMOCRATIC NARRATIVE. IT UNDERSCORES THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS IN SHAPING ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE AND SERVES AS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR POLICYMAKERS REGARDING THE CONSEQUENCES OF WEAKENED INSTITUTIONS AND ERODED DEMOCRATIC NORMS. THE INSIGHTS INTO REAL-LIFE CASES OF INDIVIDUALS CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE MAKE IT A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR THOSE WORKING ON GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES." MUFOR ATANGA, Executive Head, African Peer Review Mechanism at inception, 2003-2005

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About the Author

Moshumee T. Dewoo

Moshumee T. Dewoo is a Mauritian scholar specialising in emancipation within African societies of the 20th and 21st centuries. Drawing from her cultural and academic background, Dewoo’s poetry explores themes of incompleteness, liquidness, belonging, and human sentiment to challenge established narratives and foster critical reflection on the modern African human experience.