n African Renaissance - The crisis of governance and parliamentary democracy in Africa : a cultural perspective

Volume 3, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Africa has continued to rely on the West for its development, governance and democratization methodologies. This might partly explain the crisis that the continent faces. There are many ways of looking at this crisis and trying to explain its causes. In this article I have chosen to focus on African culture and how that culture is treated by Africans themselves within the broader 'international economy of cultures'. I argue that the African culture is not utilized as the basis for developmental or democratization processes. And the effect has been the alienation of these processes from the people they are meant for. Because I have been doing some work on parliaments in Africa, I have chosen to use parliamentary democracy in Africa to discuss some of the elements of the crisis of development and governance which I think are directly related to weak parliaments. While therefore acknowledging that the crisis of governance and development in Africa is a result of many factors, I strongly want to suggest that it is primarily due to weaker parliaments that fail dismally to exercise their oversight, legislative and representative functions.

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