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Africa’s Third Liberation: Transformative Growth and Developmental Governance

By Richard Joseph On March 10, 2014, I gave a lecture on this topic to a large audience at the University of Ghana, Legon, sponsored by the Department of Political Science. It was followed by a seminar presentation at the … Continue reading

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Democracy at Bay: The Arab Spring and Sub-Saharan Africa

By Richard Joseph A great pendulum shift has occurred in the geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa, from repressive autocracies to political liberalization to violent conflict and civil war. Enormous financial resources and military weaponry are being poured … Continue reading

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Is Good Governance Necessary For Economic Progress in Africa?

By Richard Joseph The third wave of democracy arrived in Africa in the early 1990s, well after the pursuit of pro-market reforms advocated by western aid agencies and international organizations. When that wave subsided, a good governance agenda of the … Continue reading

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Prebendalism and Dysfunctionality in Nigeria

By Richard Joseph  In the summer of 1977, I tried to make sense of what was amiss in Nigeria. The outcome was an article, “Affluence and Underdevelopment: the Nigerian Experience”, published a year later.  That same year, as the transition … Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Latecomer Industrialization: Can Nigeria Do It?

By Richard Joseph, Kelly Spence, and Abimbola Agboluaje President Barack Obama in his recent Africa tour echoed the words of Howard French when he referred to sub-Saharan Africa as a region “on the move”. Nigeria, crippled in realizing its immense … Continue reading

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Governance and Economic Growth in Africa: Rethinking the Conventional Paradigm

By Célestin Monga Immediately upon President Obama’s arrival in Senegal on a three-country Africa tour, he voiced his familiar insistence on the importance of democracy and good governance and their contributions to economic development. Célestin Monga is one of a … Continue reading

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Africa: Awaiting a Bold and Attentive Obama

By Richard Joseph During the past quarter-century, as a new Africa emerged from decades of political and economic stagnation, Africans have awaited bold and attentive leadership from America’s political leaders. While the United States fiddled, China rushed into spaces opened … Continue reading

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The China-Africa Convergence: Can America Catch Up?

By Howard W. French Howard French, a leading American journalist on Africa for four decades, returned to the continent after stints as New York Times correspondent in Tokyo and Shanghai. He discovered a resurgent continent increasingly wedded to Chinese growth … Continue reading

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Forum for African Democracy: Africa Demos Forum in the News

By Storer Rowley EVANSTON, Ill. — Confronting a continent beset with challenges, Northwestern University has launched the Africa Demos Forum, an online network of democracy and policy analysts devoted to the promotion of growth, democracy and security in Africa.

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Claiming Democracy: Are Voters Becoming Citizens in Africa?

By Carolyn Logan and Michael Bratton The political transitions that allowed many Africans to experience a degree of citizenship have been major achievements of the past quarter-century. But power corrupts, no less than before, and new democratic governments can corrode … Continue reading

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