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Democracy and consensus in traditional Africa : a critique of Kwasi Wiredu - research

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dc.contributor.author Olanipekun, Victor Olusola
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-09T06:48:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-09T06:48:01Z
dc.date.issued 2020-08
dc.identifier.citation Olanipekun, V.O., 2020. Democracy and consensus in traditional Africa: a critique of Kwasi Wiredu. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 12(1), pp.1-10. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/2018
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-1f2a8f77ff
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 12 Number 1, Aug 2020, p. 1 - 10 en_US
dc.description.abstract This article examines Kwasi Wiredu’s arguments on democracy and consensus. In Cultural Universals and Particulars, Wiredu presented consensual democracy as a better means of decision-making process than majoritarian democracy in traditional African life and governance. He defended this claim with two main arguments: (i) that consensus takes care of the interests of the minority, and (ii) that consensual democracy permits substantive representations. Contrary to Wiredu’s claim, this article argues that the implication or challenges of majoritarian democracy identified by Wiredu do not necessarily (i) undermine majoritarian democracy, and (ii) make Wiredu’s suggested decision by consensus a workable means of decision-making in present African society. Our aim in this paper is not to defend majoritarian democracy as a plausible position; rather, the bulk of the paper is devoted to a critical assessment of Wiredu’s defense of consensual democracy. The paper argues that at a certain level of discussion, Wiredu’s idea of consensus (consensual democracy) shares some similarities and also faces similar challenges to (majoritarian) democracy. The paper concludes that, logically speaking, democracy and consensus are not mutually exclusive. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 12;1
dc.subject African politics en_US
dc.subject Consensus en_US
dc.subject Democracy en_US
dc.subject Minority interests en_US
dc.title Democracy and consensus in traditional Africa : a critique of Kwasi Wiredu - research en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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