Where is Uhuru? Reflections on the Struggle for Democracy in AfricaEdited by Godwin Murunga
'The issue of democracy and good governance as they relate to development and socio-economic transformation in Africa have been a focus of considerable discussion and debate in and outside the continent. These essays by Professor Shivji, a highly respected and critical Tanzanian academic, enrich the debate. Written from the perspective of an intellectual who has firm grounds within Tanzanian society and a comprehension of global events, Where is Uhuru? certainly sharpens the content of the discussion and debate. It is recommended reading for those interested in the struggle for democracy and development in Africa.'
Salim Ahmed Salim, former secretary general of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)
Trappings of neoliberalism
The neoliberal project, led by the IMF and World Bank, promised to correct many of the distortions in the African postcolonial environment. It pledged to engineer liberalisation and expand democratic space through competitive multiparty elections. For a people who had suffered years of statism, these promises were persuasive. Indeed, they accorded this project a level of legitimacy it otherwise would not have enjoyed. However, several decades down the line, Issa G. Shivji aptly asks, Where is Uhuru?
Africa at mercy of foreign imperialism
Few people, if any, can testify to the success of the envisaged reforms. Instead, neoliberalism failed to guarantee a sustainable basis for freedom, rights and prosperity. These essays show that the reform period opened the continent to greater privation by a more emboldened local political class who, under pressure from or by acquiescing to foreign imperialist forces, undermined the struggles for democratic transformation and economic empowerment.
Africa's right to self-determination
Whether one is examining the rewards of multiparty politics, the dividends from a new constitutional dispensation, the processes of land reform, women's rights to property, or the Pan-Africanist project for emancipation, Shivji illustrates how all these have suffered severe body blows. Shivji not only calls for a new, Africa-centred line of thinking that is unapologetic of the continent's right to self-determination, but through these essays sets out examples of how such thinking should proceed.
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Title Where is Uhuru? Reflections on the Struggle for Democracy in Africa
Author Issa G. Shivji
Edited by Godwin Murunga
BISAC Subject Heading HIS001000 HISTORY / Africa
POL016000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process
SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
BIC Subject Heading KCM Development economics
JPHV Political structures: democracy
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 01 April 2009
Nb of pages 260 p.
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387464
Publication Date 01 April 2009
Nb of pages 260
Weight 378 gr
List Price £16.95
Nb of pages
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387471
Publication Date 01 April 2009
List Price £13.95