African scholarship concerning the nexus between institutions and development is still dominated by the economic perspective of development despite the emergence of the humanistic perspective of development. The humanistic perspective is a more embracing, encompassing, and comprehensive view of development than its economic counterpart and offers a better explanation of the African situation. It is essential to examine the relationships between democratic political institutions and human development.
This collection examines democratic institutions and processes in post-independence Africa. The contributors examine the political institutional processes in post-colonial Africa, evaluating the workings of institutions such as education, bureaucracy, interest groups, trade unions, and problems of enforcements in Africa. It also discusses the relevance of creative arts for political socialization as well as the role effects of privatization on service delivery in contemporary African societies.
Ernest Toochi Aniche is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University Otuoke, Nigeria.
Toyin Falola is Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin.
Introduction: Institutions and Development in Africa
Ernest Toochi Aniche and Toyin Falola
Part I: Institutions and Processes in Africa
Jerry Mmanoko Mathekga
Ngozi Joy Maduka
Ifeanyichukwu Micheal Abada, Nneka Ifeoma Okafor and Christopher Ewuzie Obianagwa
Timothy Olusola Ogunfuwa
Part II: Institutions and Development Challenges in Africa
Cinderella Temitope Ochu
Nneka Ifeoma Okafor, Ifeanyichukwu Micheal Abada and Paul Hezekiah Omeh
Obinna Innocent Ihunna
Ernest Toochi Aniche
Emeka C. Iloh, Ifeanyi P. Maduechesi and Chukwuemeka V. Muoneke
The subject of leadership and institutions in Africa is a very pertinent one. This is essential in the light of the experiences of many African states in which personalisation of office by political elites have taken precedence over building institutions.