Problematizing ‘Liberation’ and Democratisation in post-independence Eritrea
Kibreab, G. (2020). Problematizing ‘Liberation’ and Democratisation in post-independence Eritrea. in: Kidane, M. (ed.) The Crisis of Democratization in the Greater Horn of Africa: An Alternative Approach to Institutional Order in Transitional Societies James Currey.
I argue throughout the Chapter that the reason Eritrea is in a state of abysmal decay is not because there have been no elections since its birth as an independent country over a quarter of a century ago. The degree of democratic deficit in the region, including in those countries where there have been elections (save Kenya) is equally bleak. What distinguishes the sorry state post-independence Eritrea is in is that it is in the pitiless grip of an autocratic and control freak personal ruler inimical to private enterprise, any form of freedom of speech and expression, freedom of movement, choice of means of livelihood and the sanctity of rule of law. These are the edifices of the foundation on which democratisation rests. It is argued throughout the Chapter that as long as impunity and arbitrariness remain the rule of the game, there will be no democratisation.
|Book title||The Crisis of Democratization in the Greater Horn of Africa: An Alternative Approach to Institutional Order in Transitional Societies|
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|Accepted||24 May 2017|
|Deposited||12 Dec 2019|
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