Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali (Hardcover)

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Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali (Hardcover)

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This book explores the process by which constitutions and democratic institutions are constructed. Wing focuses on how innovative constitutional dialogues involving participation, negotiation, and recognition of groups previously excluded from political decision-making may be the key to a legitimate constitution.
SUSANNA D. WING Assistant Professor of Political Science at Haverford College, USA.
Product Details ISBN: 9780230604636
ISBN-10: 0230604633
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: April 1st, 2008
Pages: 245
Language: English

“Wing’s focus on constitutional legitimacy and literacy is a very welcome addition to analyses of democratic development on the African continent. She offers a rich discussion of the actual functioning of the new institutions and demonstrates not only the innovations of the forums but also the great challenges that citizens face in accessing them. Wing’s innovative analysis of constitutionalism in Mali…offer[s] important insights into the development of democracy that are relevant far beyond the case [she] investigates.”—Perspectives on Politics

“This is an important and defining book about democratization in Africa focusing on the case of Mali, but within a comparative African perspective. Dr. Wing has a new and exciting perspective on the themes of democracy, constitutionalism, participation, and legitimacy, and Constructing African Democracy: Mali in Transition can be a real landmark in the field of comparative democratization in Africa, and in the study of constitutional transformation in plural societies.”—Bruce Magnusson, Professor of Politics, Whitman College