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Traditional African Political Thought and the Crisis of Governance in Contemporary African Societies.

Author(s): J. C. Achike Agbakoba

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Issue: 7;
Start page: 137;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: African political thought | colonization | globalization | communal power | authority

The aim of this paper is to show the relationship between the normative outlook and political philosophy of traditional societies on the one hand, and the crises of governance and leadership in contemporary African Societies, particularly sub-Saharan states, on the other. Although there are quite some differences in the quality of leadership and governance among sub-Saharan African states because of the different political and economic circumstances, this part of the globe taken as a whole remains underdeveloped in terms of having the will to institute and maintain stable polities with responsive, responsible and efficient governance.
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