The drama of post-colonial governance in contemporary African politics


Today’s global discourses feature a large variety of thoughts relating to current governance in many places in the world. In an age of globalisation and concurrent modes of governance, statehood, administration, and society organisation have emerged. The African continent, despite its massive variety of political culture and governance modes, prominently shows up as a place of governance problems. Both in typical Eurocentric frameworks of criticism and among local voices, there is an increasing debate over issues such as popular participation in politics, the role of institutions (both in the Weberian sense and non-bureaucratic ones), and the notion of democracy and good governance.

Mostly, international discourse is framed by Western ideas of statehood and politics. According to Foreign Policy’s Failed State Index, UNDP’s Human Development Index, and other schematic attempts to measure governance, many African states are labelled as underperforming, unstable, or dysfunctional. Why is this?

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