Consensus as Democracy in Africa

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Some philosophers on the African continent and beyond are convinced that consensus, as a polity, represents the best chance for Africa to fully democratise. In Consensus as Democracy in Africa, Bernard Matolino challenges the basic assumptions built into consensus as a social and political theory. Central to his challenge to the claimed viability of consensus as a democratic system are three major questions: Is consensus genuinely superior to its majoritarian counterpart? Is consensus itself truly a democratic system? Is consensus sufficiently different from the one-party system? In taking up these issues and others closely associated with them, Matolino shows that consensus as a system of democracy encounters several challenges that make its viability highly doubtful. Matolino then attempts a combination of an understanding of an authentic mode of democracy with African reality to work out what a more desirable polity would be for the continent.

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Date de parution 28 décembre 2018
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To my loving wife, Phocenah
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First edition, first impression 2018
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Contents
AAcknowledgements Preface INTRODUCTION CHAPTER1Democracybyconsensus Introduction Carew on transformative politics Wamala on traditional consensus Wiredu on traditional consensus The contexts of democratic challenges Conclusion CHAPTER2Conceptualising consensus Introduction The issues Consensus as superior to majoritarianism Conclusion CHAPTER3Democracyandconsensus Introduction What democracy is not What democracy is Is consensus truly democratic? Conclusion CHAPTER4Politicalpartiesinconsensus Introduction Problems with political parties Consensus as a non-party polity Is a non-party a one-party? Conclusion CHAPTER5Africanaspirations,democracyandAfrican democracy Introduction Africa Socio-politico-cultural reality