African Politics Analytical Essay by ABCs

African Politics
An in-depth analysis of African politics in sub-Saharan Africa.
# 112821 | 2,084 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2009 in History (African) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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The paper refers to Alex Thomson's "An Introduction to African Politics" and discusses how the one party system in many African countries has been abused by the majority of monarch-type leaders in the ruling positions. The paper deals with the reason for events such as the genocide in Rwanda and explains why they cannot only be the result of tribal and historical disagreements but are in fact due to the political and ideological differences caused by European involvement. The paper then explores how poor management of economic and political resources has resulted in increasing poverty throughout the continent. The paper therefore concludes that while the African economy and politics are showing signs of recovery, the continent has still has many shortcomings in terms of management and growth.

From the Paper:

"According to Thomson (215), one of the main obstacles to democracy in sub-Saharan Africa is the tendency of African governments towards a one-party structure. The author explains that this is largely a reaction to artificially induced democracy brought about by colonialism. During the post-colonial period, African governments manifested their liberty in the one-party state.
"Many African governments felt that a multi-party system would act as a socially distracting force; a choice of governments, according to this theory, would exacerbate ethnic and other divisions within the country in question, and thus distract the people from the unified goals of nation building and economic development."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Maponga, Oliver & Maxwell, Philip. Are Abundant Mineral and Energy Resources a Catalyst for African Development? (Issue 6). Minerals and Energy, 2001.
  • Thomson, Alex. An Introduction to African Politics. London & New York: Routledge, 2004.

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