Mar 18 2009

Democracy without illusions

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The East African, a prominent regional weekly published from Nairobi will publish in its next edition a short article of mine on the limits of the democratic process in Africa. The core of my argument: “If autocrats do not deliver prosperity any more reliably than democrats, then the romance with benign authoritarianism is probably misguided. Democratisation must be pursued wholeheartedly in Africa — but pursued without illusions. Elections inevitably heighten ethnic tensions, but these tensions can be managed. If democrats are to triumph over authoritarian populists, they must take more seriously the importance of balancing ethnic differences along with promoting economic growth. One without the other is unsustainable.”

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