Poverty, Hunger, and Democracy in Africa

Potential and Limitations of Democracy in Cementing Multiethnic Societies

  • Authors
  • David Bigman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Bigman
      Pages 3-30
    3. David Bigman
      Pages 31-54
  3. Coping with Escalating Food Insecurity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. David Bigman
      Pages 57-64
    3. David Bigman
      Pages 65-99
    4. David Bigman
      Pages 100-117
  4. Africa’s Poverty Traps and Obstacles to Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-120
    2. David Bigman
      Pages 121-153
  5. Civil Conflicts, Wars and Democracy: Will Democracy Inflame or Help to Settle Civil Conflicts?

  6. The Fourth Wave of Democratization: Will Democracy Cement the African Multiethnic Nation State?

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 310-325

About this book


The book evaluates alternative policy options for the African countries to overcome the food crisis and the changing structure of world trade to sustain their impressive growth of the early 2000s.These policies must go beyond economic reforms and seek a solution to the entrenched political problems that divided the continent.


crisis democracy development Industrialisierung poverty trade

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