Master's Theses

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Department

International Relations

First Advisor

Nicholas Smith

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Kucik

Keywords

Democracy, governance, Africa

Abstract

The spread of democracy in the global community has been rampant since the end of World War II. On the continent of Africa, as a collective of countries are recent newcomers as sovereign states to this governmental practice. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the political development of African countries since the end of colonialism and the systems of government that countries are practicing since independence. Alongside the current system of government, there is a need to analysis the connections between pre-colonial institutions whether or not if they are complimentary or antithetical to democracy in African countries. Lastly, to examine the benefits that comes with having a democratic government in Africa.

 
 

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