oa The Constitution - Elitist politics and constitutionalism in Nigeria
|Article Title||Elitist politics and constitutionalism in Nigeria|
|© Publisher:||Centre for Constitutionalism and Demilitarisation, Nigeria|
|Affiliations||1 African Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National War College, Abuja|
|Publication Date||Sep 2007|
|Pages||49 - 69|
|Keyword(s)||Constitutionalism, Democracy, Elite, Elitist politics and Nigeria|
This article deals with the elite and their role in democratic state building in Nigeria between 1999 and 2007. Employing the rational choice approach, it shows how elite interests, especially the governing elite engender antidemocratic behaviour manifest in flagrant violations of the rule of law. The consequence, it argues, is the reproduction of weak democratic institutions, such as the executive, legislator, and judiciary. This situation is not helped by the prevalence of a weak civil society. It concludes with a clarion call on the elite to be more attuned to developmental politics to enhance the integrity of the democratic process in Nigeria.
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