Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Human Affairs

Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief: Višnovský, Emil

Ed. by Bianchi, Gabriel / Hrubec, Marek / Tartaglia, James


CiteScore 2016: 0.33

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.172
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.415

Online
ISSN
1337-401X
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 24, Issue 1

Issues

Democratic theories and the problem of political participation in Nigeria: Strengthening consensus and the rule of law

Philip Ujomu / Felix Olatunji
Published Online: 2013-12-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-014-0211-3

Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of the strategies and theories of democratic participation in Nigeria that breed institutional marginality and bad governance due to shortfalls in pursuing the values of justice and empowerment as core democratic characteristics. The same democratic principles such as voting, parliament, constitution, judiciary, that are suggestive of gains such as responsible use, and peaceful transfer of power may not have translated fully into sociopolitical empowerment for responsibility and representation in evolving democratic practice in Nigeria due to problems of agency and political ideology. Democratic theorizing and participation in Nigeria has defied orthodox presuppositions seen in the disrespect for basic rights and the disregard for the rule of law in democracy that allow for fair play within and among the elites and political grassroots. Thus this study investigates the Nigerian predicament as a model or case study, raising questions about the reasons for the systematic disempowerment of groups.

Keywords: democracy; theory; participation; consensus; rule of law; Nigeria

  • [1] Ake, C. (1996). Is Africa democratizing? Port Harcourt: CASS Monograph No. 5. Google Scholar

  • [2] Barry, N. (1981). An introduction to modern political theory. London: Macmillan. Google Scholar

  • [3] Bernstein, R. (1985). Dewey, democracy: The task ahead of us. In J. Rajchman & C. West (Eds.), Post Analytic Philosophy (pp. 48–55). New York: Columbia University Press. Google Scholar

  • [4] Bertsch, G. et al. (1991) Power and policy in three worlds. New York: Macmillan. Google Scholar

  • [5] Brozen, Y. (1952). The value of technological change. Ethics, Vol. 1, xii, No. 4. (July), 249–265. Google Scholar

  • [6] Cammack, P. (1997). Capitalism and democracy in the third world: The doctrine for political development. London: Leicester University Press. Google Scholar

  • [7] Care, N. S. (1978). Participation and policy. Ethics, 88(4), 316–337. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/292085CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • [8] Coleman, J., & Ferejohn, J. (1986). Democracy and social choice. Ethics, 97(1), 7–25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/292814CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • [9] Dahl, R. (1995). Justifying democracy. Society, (March/April), 32(3), 43–49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02693307CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • [10] Dewey, J. (1951). Creative democracy-the task before us. In M. Fisch (Ed.), Classic American Philosophers. New York: Appleton. Google Scholar

  • [11] Dewey, J. (1963). Morals and the political order. In J. Santori & R. Somerville (Eds.), Readings in Social and Political Philosophy. New York: Anchor Books. Google Scholar

  • [12] Dewey, J. (1972). Democracy. In J. H. Randall Jr., J. Buchler, & E. Shirk (Eds.), Readings in Philosophy (pp. 288–293). New York: Barnes and Noble. Google Scholar

  • [13] Dewey, J. (1992). A defense of democracy. In J. Burr et al. (Eds.), Philosophy and contemporary issues (pp. 320–324). New York: Macmillan. Google Scholar

  • [14] Dewey, J. (1992). Reconstruction in philosophy. In J. Burr et al. (Eds). Philosophy and contemporary issues. New York: Macmillan. Google Scholar

  • [15] Dewey, J. (1994). The great community. In M. Daly (Ed.), Communitarianism, A New Public Ethics (pp. 154–165). California: Wadsworth. Google Scholar

  • [16] Ghali, B. (1995). Democracy: A newly recognized imperative. Global Governance, No. 1, pp. 3–11. Google Scholar

  • [17] Gouinlock, J. (1989). Dewey. In R. Cavalier et al. (Eds.), Ethics in the history of western philosophy (pp. 306–332). London: Macmillan. Google Scholar

  • [18] Hall, S., Held, D., & McGrew, T. (1992). Modernity and its futures. Cambridge: Polity Press. Google Scholar

  • [19] Held, D. (1987). Models of democracy. Oxford: Polity Press. Google Scholar

  • [20] Horwitz, R. (1987). John Dewey. In L. Strauss & J. Cropsey (Eds.), History of political philosophy (pp. 850–869). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Google Scholar

  • [21] Kolakowski, L. (1990). Dangers to democracy. Society, (May/June), 77–79. Google Scholar

  • [22] Kymlicka, W. (1999). Multicultural citizenship. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Google Scholar

  • [23] Mamdani, M.(2001). Beyond settler and native as political identities. In P. Ozo-Eson & Ukoha Ukiwo (Eds.), Identity and African development (pp. 4–22). Abuja: AFRIGOV & CASS. Google Scholar

  • [24] Ninalowo Adebayo (2003). Democratic governance, regional integration and development in Africa. Addis Ababa: Development Policy Management Forum. Google Scholar

  • [25] Obasanjo, Olusegun (1993). Preface. In ALF Africa leadership forum sustainment of democratization and good governance in Africa (pp. i–ii). Ibadan: Intec Printers. Google Scholar

  • [26] Quinn, F. (1992). Rule of law in a new century. In W. Lawson Taitte (Ed.), Morality and expediency in international and corporate relations (pp. 191–224). Texas: University of Texas Press. Google Scholar

  • [27] Roth, J., & Sontag, F. (1988). The questions of philosophy. California: Wadsworth. Google Scholar

  • [28] Schumpeter, J. (1950). Capitalism, social and democracy. (3rd ed). London: Allen and Unwin. Google Scholar

  • [29] Schumpeter, J. (1977). Two concepts of democracy. In A. Quinton (Ed.), Political philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Google Scholar

  • [30] Solomon Hussein, & Mathews Sally (2002). Civil society, the state and conflicts in Africa. Addis Ababa: Development Policy Management Forum. Google Scholar

  • [31] Weale, A. (1996). Democracy. In P. Clarke et al. (Eds.), Dictionary of ethics, theology and society. London: Routledge. Google Scholar

  • [32] Young, I. M. (1990). Justice and the politics of difference. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, USA. Google Scholar

About the article

Published Online: 2013-12-27

Published in Print: 2014-01-01


Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages 120–135, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-014-0211-3.

Export Citation

© 2014 Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in