ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Political Economy of Struggles for Democracy and Human Rights in Africa

and Human Rights in Africa Yash Tandon Western popular and journalistic literature, often ascribe the quite evident failure of bourgeois democracy in Africa to the 'African' tendency towards dictatorship and one-partyism, or simply tribalism. African politicians on the other hand, argue that it is the European 'democrats' who for a century or more smashed all existing pre-colonial institutions and practices of tribal democracy and instituted unbridled authoritarian rule. Some African countries turned to the Soviet Union and China for a different model of democracy, only to learn that in later years what existed in practice was yet another variant of dictatorship. For AfricaJherefore, there are no more models of democracy. For once African masses must work out their own system of governance.

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