The focus is thus on recent efforts to liberalize and privatize an agro-industrial enterprise where overseas capital and its domestic partners have converged, the consequent modes of production and labour, and the alternatives proposed and resistance generated. Combining personal experience of living and working in Africa with expert interviews, theoretical examination and detailed analysis, Dr. The author captures both the democratic activities and voices of opposition to neoliberal globalization and investigates how this reinvention of democracy through resistance to neoliberal globalization has taken shape in the African context. This study of therelations between the Roman Catholic Church and the postcolonial statein Cameroon provides proof of a remarkable shift from relative harmonyin the one-party era to frequent conflicts in the current political liberalisationera. Faced with a deep economic and political crisis, African governments have been compelled by powerful external agencies, in particular the Bretton Woods institutions and western states, to pursue this agenda as a necessary precondition for the receipt of development aid.
There is growing evidence that therelations between church leaders and the authoritarian and corrupt elites,who seek to exercise hegemony in the African postcolonial states, cannotsimply be reduced to either cooperation or conflict. It is based on archival research, interviews and observations, engaging public authorities, company managers, and workers as they labor, confer, strike, blockade roads and face the consequences. It is the culmination of over twenty years of fine and refined research by one of the leading scholars of Cameroon today. Cameroon history has been replete with studies that focus mostly on political history and the actions and intentions of top politicians of the day, with scant regard for the historical importance of the everyday life of ordinary Cameroonians as makers and breakers. Good governance and border conflicts in Africa: The Bakassi dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria -- Introduction -- development of the Bakassi dispute.
This problem has been well documented, see for example:127128 129. What is particularly striking in Africa, however, is that neoliberal experiments there have displayed such remarkable diversity. This is a welcome contribution to closing gaps in social history, from a leader amongst a budding new generation of historians of Cameroon and Africa. Faced with a deep economic and political crisis, African governments have been compelled by powerful external agencies, in particular the Bretton Woods institutions and western states, to pursue this agenda as a necessary precondition for the receipt of development aid. A captivating collection: solid research , yet most entertaining and full of surprises. Series Title: Responsibility: Piet Konings.
Konings argues that ethno-regional associations and movements are even more significant constituents of civil society in Africa than the conventional civil-society organisations that are often uncritically imposed or endorsed. Civil society and empowerment have become buzz words in neoliberal development discourse. He convincingly shows how the politics of belonging, so pervasive in Cameroon, and indeed much of Africa, during the current neoliberal economic and political reforms, has tended to penetrate the entire range of associational life. The proposition of indigenised ownership is long forgotten in the bigger picture of the evaluation of privatisation within the aforementioned articles with specific reference to the Cameroon economy. This book focuses on Cameroon which has had a complex economic and political history and is currently witnessing resistance to the neoliberal experiment by the authoritarian and neopatrimonial state elite and various civil-society groups. Nevertheless, many have pointed out that this critique reflects a strong bias rooted in Eurocentric political culture, which introduces uneasiness over all partisan, parochial, fundamentalist forms of African associations. Les tentatives récurrentes de l'État, dominé par des francophones, visant à contrôler les mouvements anglophones récemment créés ont incité les nationalistes anglophones à recourir à des formes de résistance moins ostentatoires en créant un espace public pour une identité et un nationalisme anglophones dans les domaines historique, artistique, virtuel, légal et dans la vie de tous les jours.
He examines the realpolitik of changes in global balance of power and its impact on domestic structural and socio-economic changes, with far reaching implications for state-society relations and linkages of the state, civil society, governance, democracy and citizenship. This may be due not only to substantial differences in historical, economic and political trajectories on the African continent but also, and maybe more importantly, in the degree of resistance internal actors have demonstrated to the neoliberal reforms imposed on them. The evolving definitions of these con- cepts are replete with ambiguity, and the concepts are often deliberately deployed in diverse ways to maximise advantage in political struggles Jackson 2006;Geschiere 2009. This text will be of particular use for scholars working in Development Studies, International Relations and Policy Studies as well as to policymakers concerned. Thus the use of motorcycle taxis has become a significant part of the public transport system in Nigeria, while informal transport options such as okada have turned out to be important employers and provide urban livelihoods especially for young men Konings, 2006;Banks, 2016. This study attempts to assess the role of autonomous teachers' trade unions in Anglophone Cameroon during the period 1959—72.
This case study of Cameroon, however, clearly shows that privatisation schemes have often failed to promote any transparency and accountability in public-sector reforms or to encourage greater participation of civil society in the decision-making process. While the movement succeeded in gaining formal political rights, democratization led to a new government that instituted neo-liberal economic reforms and sought to minimize protest. It demonstrates that the introduction of plantation labour during colonial rule has had significant consequences for gender roles and relations within and beyond the capitalist labour process. They have been engaged in numerous, often violent, strikes for improvements in their deteriorating living and study conditions and the introduction of a democratic culture in the universities and society as a whole, including the right to express their views, organise in student unions and participate in university management. It also provides ample room for comments from journalists and other civil-society members and groups on various aspects of the strike. Faced with a deep economic and political crisis, African governments have been compelled by powerful external agencies, in particular the Bretton Woods institutions and western states, to pursue this agenda as a necessary precondition for the receipt of development aid.
Currently, the country is witnessing resistance to the neoliberal experiment by the authoritarian and neopatrimonial elite, as well as various civil society groups. In doing so, he reasserts the relevance of the de-globalization and anti-capitalism movements. He shows how the politics of belonging, so pervasive in Cameroon, and indeed much of Africa, during the current neoliberal economic and political reforms, has tended to penetrate the entire range of associational life, and he calls for a critical re-appraisal of prevalent notions and assumptions about civil society in the interest of African reality. The E-mail message field is required. Privatisation schemes have instead frequently led to vehement protests from ethno-regional organisations, particularly when they have felt excluded from the sale of vital regional public enterprises to well-placed nationals or to foreign-owned enterprises.
This book focuses on Cameroon which has had a complex economic and political history and is currently witnessing resistance to the neoliberal experiment by the authoritarian and neopatrimonial state elite and various civil-society groups. Le nationalisme anglophone représente une sérieuse menace pour le projet de construction de la nation entrepris par l'État post-colonial, projet motivé par la ferme résolution de l'élite politique francophone de dominer la minorité anglophone et d'effacer les fondements culturels et institutionnels de l'identité anglophone. This book rejects such notions and argues that the relationship between civil society and the politics of belonging is more complex in Africa than western donors and scholars are willing to admit. But South Africa remains one of the most economically polarized nations in the world. Category: Political Science Author : Stephen N. Here Christopher Rowan offers an original interpretation of the evolving concept of partnership as it operates within the current relationship between the European Union and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group.