the politics of development

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I found this week’s lecture and discussions which focused on ‘Democracy and Democratization’ very stimulating. Per the insight I got from the lecture, this blogs documents my uneasiness with respect to the exaggerations that always accompanies Ghana’s democratic progress.

Ghana’s democratic process has been described by many as the ‘beacon of hope’, ‘a touch bearer’ or ‘an example’ for other African countries in terms of consolidating democracy. President John Mahama is quoted to have said: ‘Over the past 20 years, Ghana’s democracy has become a beacon of hope for the entire African continent and in the process, drawn useful lessons for the rest of the world’. While there is some truth to this, we will be getting way ahead of ourselves if we assume a position of contentment or even term what we have now as a consolidated democracy.

Some learning points could…

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