© 2007

Trade Unions and the Coming of Democracy in Africa

  • Editors
  • Jon Kraus

About this book


In this book, top scholars look at the efficacy of trade union and worker protest in overthrowing authoritarian governments in Africa. The analytical introduction and case studies from major African countries argue that unions were often the most important single social force in the democratization process.


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About the authors

JON KRAUS is Professor Political Science, State University of New York Fredonia, USA.

Bibliographic information


'The strength of the book rests on the authors' ability to comprehensively explore the historical, political and economic conditions for trade unions in various African democratic transitions...this carefully compiled and edited book is a "must-read" for all serious students of African politics and governance.' - Felix Benson Lombe, New Agenda

'This book is of immense importance for the establishment and consolidation of democracy in Africa.' - Johann Maree, South African Labour Bulletin

'...a timely and thought-provoking contribution...' - The Journal of Modern African Studies