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State Constitutions and Governments without Essence in Post-Independence Africa

Governance along a Failure-Success Continuum with Illustrations from Benin, Cameroon and the DRC

Joy Alemazung

This book in a diagnostic approach looks at the problems plaguing Africa, a continent rich in human and natural resources yet the poorest in the world. The main question is: what is the purpose of government in Africa? As illustrated by different empirical examples, the study argues that the creation of states and governments after colonialism was a «false start» and was not impacted by the social contract principle of men forming government to preserve the common good. The result is a leadership culture of government against the people with weak institutions in favour of strong autocratic rulers. The core of this study is a solution seeking approach with alternative political forms.


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illustrations: Abdou Simbandy Diatta Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Alemazung, Joy Asongazoh, 1975- State constitutions and governments without essence in post-independence Africa : governance along a failure-success continuum with illustrations from Benin, Cameroon and the DRC / Joy Asongazoh Alemazung. p. cm. Originally presented as the author’s thesis (doctoral)—Universität Kiel, 2009, under the title: State constitution, political transformation and governance in Africa. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-62933-8 1. Africa—Politics and government—1960- 2. Africa—Economic policy. 3. Africa—Social policy. 4. Social contract—Africa. 5. Failed states—Africa. 6. State, The. I. Title. JQ1875.A35A54 2013 321.0096—dc23 2013010036 D 8 ISBN 978-3-631-62933-8 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. PL Academic Research is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. for Barbara and our children Njingu, Anyindem, Asongazeh and posterity, in the hope that leaders, actors and all agents of the present society will spurn egoism and personal interest (which oppose and undermine common interest), commit themselves towards working for the common good of present and future generations.

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