n Conflict Trends - Traditional perspectives of democratisation in Africa

Volume 2003, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818



Naturally, using the word 'democratisation' raises quite a few questions. If democratisation means changing a situation that is not democratic (or not democratic enough) into a (more) democratic one, then we have to wonder if the concept had any relevance in early African traditions? To what extent could the concept of democracy have been necessary within societies that were inherently equipped with a social and societal mindset? In addition, if we, in our day, share any thoughts on democracy, in which semantic sub-field are we using this popular, but polysemantic term, about which there is 'very little international consensus' (Filatova 2000:37)? Democracy: Many senses! One essence?

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