Governance and Leadership in Africa

Governance and Leadership in Africa


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Many of the problems in Africa today, including widespread poverty and civil unrest, can be traced to the continent's legacy of bad governance. In the post-independence period, authoritarian strongmen took control of many countries, enriching themselves and their cronies by exploiting the people's labor and their country's resources. In recent years, however, a growing number of African states have embraced democratic principles and established transparent and open governments.

In this book the noted Africa scholar Dr. Robert Rotberg examines the current state of governance and leadership in Africa. He discusses the various types of government found in the continent, clearly showing the correlation between the quality of a country's leadership and the quality of life enjoyed by that country's people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422229408
Publisher: Mason Crest, an Imprint of National Highlight
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Series: Africa: Progress and Problems Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Many Governments, Many Styles of Rule     13
Good and Bad Governance     20
Positive, Not Negative, Leadership     31
The African Democracies     46
The Mixed or Quasi-Democracies     70
Despotism and Dictatorship     82
Glossary     101
Bibliography     103
Internet Resources     105
Index     106

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