n Conflict Trends - Democracy and conflict resolution in Africa : challenges for post-conflict reconstruction

Volume 2006, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


While democracy is a fundamental prerequisite for development and stability throughout the world, the converse is also true; namely that authoritarianism breeds mal-development and instability. There is no doubt that one of the major explanatory factors for the state of development and peace in Africa today, barring external factors, has a lot to do with the extent to which the continent has embraced and institutionalised democracy since political independence in the 1960s.

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