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The State, Democracy and Development in Southern Africa - JPM856
Anglický název: The State, Democracy and Development in Southern Africa
Zajišťuje: Katedra politologie (23-KP)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022 do 2022
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:0/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (30)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Mgr. Bohumil Doboš, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Bohumil Doboš, Ph.D.
Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Bohumil Doboš, Ph.D. (13.02.2023)

Module 1: Introduction – Political Economy Approach and the nexus between and among State, Democracy and Development

Clark, Barry Stewart (1991) Political Economy: A Comparative Approach, New York:

Praeger Publishers.

DFID (2009) 'Political Economy Analysis How to Note', A Practice Paper, Department

for International Development, London.

Ronald Mangani (2022) ‘The Political Economy of Debt in Africa: Critical Propositions to Stop the Bleeding’ Development, 65, pages108–115.

Mittelman, J and K. Pasha (1997) Out From Underdevelopment Revisited. London: Macmillan, 1997.

Module 2: The Character of the African State

Bayart, J. F (1993) The State in Africa: The Politics of the Belly, London: Longman.

Bratton, M and Van De Valle (1997) Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Evans. P, D. Rueschemeyer and T. Skocpol, (1995) Bringing the State Back In. Cambridge University Press.

Leo Panich (1997) “Rethinking the Role of the State”, in James Mittelman (ed.), Globalization: Critical Reflections. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Judith Streak, (1997) “the Counter-counterrevolution in development theory on the role of the state in development: Inferences for South Africa”. Development Southern Africa, 14,3, Oct..

Adrian Leftwich, (1995) “Bringing Politics Back In: Towards a Model of the Developmental State”, Journal of Development Studies, 31,3.

Matlosa, Khabele (2017) ‘The State of Democratisation in Southern Africa: Blocked Transitions, Reversals, Stagnation, Progress and Prospects’, Politikon, 44, 1, 5-56.

Peter Lawrence and Colin Thirtle, (2001) Africa and Asia in Comparative Economic Perspective. London: Palgrave.

Kidane Mengisteab and Cyril Daddieh (eds.), State Building and Democratization in Africa. London: Praeger, 1999.

Ihonvbere, J. (1994) “Political Conditionality and Prospects for Recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa; and J. Nyang’oro, J. (1994) “Reflections on the State, Democracy and NGOs in Africa”, in Swatuk, L and Shaw, S (eds.) (1994), The South at the End of the Twentieth Century, chs. 8 & 9. London: Macmillan.

Mbaku, J.M (1998) Corruption and the Crisis of Institutional Reforms in Africa, African Studies 47, Lewiston: The Mellen Press.

Adams. F., S. Gupta and K. Mengisteab (eds.),(1999) Globalization and the Dilemmas of

 The State in the South. London: Macmillan ch. 1.


Module 3: Democratic Development and Recession in SSA

Peter Lawrence and Colin Thirtle, (2001) Africa and Asia in Comparative Economic Perspective. London: Palgrave.

Kidane Mengisteab and Cyril Daddieh (eds.) (1999), State Building and Democratization in Africa. London: Praeger.

McFerson, H.  (1992) Democracy and Development in Africa, Journal of Peace Research, pp. 241-248.

Osei-Hwedie, B. (2000) ‘Successful Development and Democracy in Africa: The  Case  of  Botswana and Mauritius’, Il Politico, 65, 1 (192) 73-90.

Matlosa, K (2017) ‘The State of Democratisation in Southern Africa: Blocked Transitions, Reversals, Stagnation, Progress and Prospects’, Politikon, 44, 1, 5-56.

The Economist Intelligence Report (EIU) (2021) Democracy Index 2020: In Sickness and in Health, London: EIU.

De Jager, N and Sebudubudu, D (2017) ‘Towards understanding Botswana and South Africa’s Ambivalence to Liberal Democracy’, Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS), 35, 1,15-33.


 Ibrahim F. I. Shihata (1997) Democracy and Development’, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, l., 1997, 46, 3, 635-643.

Cheeseman, N. (2015) Democracy in Africa: successes, failures and the struggle for political reforms, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Huntington, S. (1991) The Third Wave of Democratisation in Late Twentieth Century, Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press.

Mustapha, R and L. Whitefield (eds) (2009) Turning Points in African Democracy, Rochester: James Currey.

Ake, C. (1996) Democracy and Development in Africa, Washington: The Brookings Institution.


Ake, C. (2000) The Feasibility of Democracy in Africa, Dakar: CODESRIA Books


Sen, A.(1999b) ‘Democracy as a Universal Value’, Journal of Democracy, 10 (3).

Sorensen, G. (2008) Democracy and Democratization: Process and Prospects in a Changing World, Third Edition, Boulder: Westview Press.


Diamond, L. (2022). ‘Democracy’s Arc: From Resurgent to Imperiled’, Journal of Democracy, 33(1), pp163-179


Diamond, L. (1996). ‘Is the Third Wave Over?’, Journal of Democracy, 7(3), pp20-37.


Mkandawire, T. (1999). ‘Crisis Management and the Making of Choiceless Democracies’, in Joseph, R. (ed). State, Conflict and Democracy in Africa, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, pp119-136.


Diamond, L. 2015. ‘Facing up to the Democratic Recession’, Journal of Democracy, 26(1), pp141-155.


Module 4: The Nature of African Development

Thandika Mkandawire (2001) ‘Thinking about developmental states in Africa’, Cambridge Journal of

Sen, A (1999a) Development as Freedom, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Simeoni Crystal (2022) ‘Development as Liberation’, Development, 65:106–107

Allen, T. and A. Thomas (eds.) (1992), Poverty and Development in the 1990s. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Mittelman, J (2000) “The New Regionalism”, in Globalization Syndrome, Princeton: Princeton University Press.   

Wong, J. (2004) “The Adaptive Developmental State in East Asia”, Journal of East Asian Studies, 4, pp350-353.

Module: Africa and the World

AUC/OECD (2022), Africa's Development Dynamics 2022: Regional Value Chains for a Sustainable Recovery, AUC, Addis Ababa/ OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/2e3b97fd-en.

Nagar, D. and C. Mutasa (eds) (2018) Africa and the World Bilateral and Multilateral International Diplomacy, Palgrave Macmillan.


UO Uzodike (2009) ‘The Role of Regional Economic Communities in Africa’s Economic Integration: Prospects and Constraints’, Africa Insight, 39, 2.


Wohlmuth, K. (2017) ‘Towards Transformative Regional Integration and Measuring Integration Progress’, Revue Interventions économiques Papers in Political Economy.

Frederick Cooper (2014) Africa in the World, Harvard University Press.

Module: The Demographic Dividend

Ahmed, S. Amer; Cruz, Marcio; Go, Delfin S.; Maliszewska, Maryla; Osorio-Rodarte, Israel (2014) ‘How Significant is Africa's Demographic Dividend for Its Future Growth and Poverty Reduction?’, Policy Research Working Paper; No. 7134. World Bank, Washington, DC, https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/20697


Paulo Drummond, Vimal Thakoor, and Shu Yu (2014) Africa Rising: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend, IMF Working Paper, African Department.


Jackie Cilliers (2021) Getting to Africa’s Demographic Dividend’, in Jackie Cilliers (ed)  The Future of Africa Challenges and Opportunities, Palgrave Macmilan.


John Afafu-Adjaye and Edward  K. Brown (2021) Reaping Africa’s Demographic Dividend: Two scenarios for Africa’s youth, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)

Rara Reines (2018) Why Women hold the Keys to Africa’s Future, World Economic Forum





Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Bohumil Doboš, Ph.D. (13.02.2023)

Guest course taught by David Sebudubudu from the University of Botswana between 1st and 5th May 2023.

The overall purpose of this course is to offer an in-depth political economy perspective of the nexus between the state, democracy and development in SSA. The analysis that weaves the course together combines theoretical considerations of the state, democracy and development, and empirical and a historical inquiry to offer a holistic perspective on SSA’s governance structures, policies, and the region’s record of democratic development.

Module 1: Introduction – Political Economy Approach and the nexus between and among State, Democracy and Development

This module introduces the political economy approach as a distinct methodology in understanding the state in SSA as well as the nexus between and among state, democracy and development.

Module 2: The Character of the African State

This module explores the peculiarity of the African state, which is founded on a weak socio-economic context, weak civil society and weak private sector, which is predominantly held captive by a small coterie of the elite. The African state seeks to comply with the Washington Consensus yet it strives to meet the minimum consumption needs of the military and the elite.

Module 3: Democratic Development and Recession in SSA

In this module, we examine the governance structures or systems inherited and prescribed yet they were considered inadequate and inappropriate for the SSA context. SSA is preoccupied with western style of democracy instead of participatory democracy where the sovereigns are engaged. The analysis will also demonstrate the rise and decline of democratization in SSA. The resurgence of democratization marked the period 1980s up to the early 2000s coinciding the Huntintonian ‘Third Wave’ of democratization globally. The decline or what is variously referred to in the literature as democratic recession or backsliding began in early 2000s and still persists to date.

Module 4: The Nature of African Development

This module discusses the nature of African Development which is predominantly agrarian and based on mining and hence it has failed to deliver economic freedom for the sovereigns as they have continued to be dependent on the state for survival. Democracy is not about ticking the boxes under weak parliamentary or presidential systems, it has to be accompanied by economic dividends.

Module 5: Africa and the World

SSA has embraced regional organisations (notably Regional Economic Communities) and the continental block (African Union) as a basis for a Pan-Africanist political and socio-economic transformation. This module offers insights on how these regional organisations are considered as alternative models complimentary to the weak and predatory African state. Yet, these regional organisations are predicated upon the same states and are also dependent on external funding by dominant external actors, whose interests often do not coincide with those of the continent, its states and its peoples. While regional and continental inter-state institutions  have made some progress, democracy and governance, peace, security and stability as well as in the development front, sustainability of this progress remain questionable both within individual countries and the regions.

Module 6: The Demographic Dividend

This module concludes the course by exploring the demographic dividend in SSA, in the form of women and youth, which offers hope for that region. The combined energy and vitality of women (more than 50% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people) and the youth (about 70% of Africa’s population) constitute the sleeping lion that is likely to wake this region up from its current slumber into a dynamic player in global political economy. It is critical to consider women and youth as key participants/players rather than as mere recipients/spectators or cheerleaders. Therefore, having explored the challenges confronting the state, democracy and development in SSA, there is potential for the region as it has an agile population when compared to other regions – thus presenting women and youth as those who carry hope, as transformative dividends.

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