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Media Reforms and Democratization in Emerging Democracies of Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Akpojivi, Ufuoma

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  • Offers a comparative approach between Ghana and Nigeria, providing a case set beyond the frequent focus on South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya and Somalia
  • Uses a de-westernization approach in contextualizing media reforms and democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa, allowing for examination and critique of Western ideologies of freedom, plurality, diversity and democracy that have influenced policy formulation and implementation
  • Establishes the degree and extent to which Western ideas are compatible in Sub-Sahara Africa, whose unique socio-cultural, political and economic values might affect the praxis of media reform and democratization processes
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This book examines the media reform processes and re-democratization projects of Ghana and Nigeria’s emerging democracies. It evaluates and critiques these reform processes, arguing that because of dependency approaches resulting from the transplanting of policy framework from the West into these emerging democracies, the policy goals and objectives of the reforms have not been achieved. Consequently, the inherent socio-cultural, economic and political factors, coupled with the historical antecedents of these countries, have also affected the reform process.

Drawing from policy documents, analyses and interviews, Ufuoma Akpojivi argues that the lack of citizens’ active participation in policy processes has led to neo-liberalization and the continued universalization of Western ideologies such as democracy, media freedom and independence. Akpojivi posits that the recognition of socio-cultural, political and economic factors inherent to these emerging democracies, coupled with the communal participation of citizens, will facilitate true media reform processes and development of these countries.

About the authors

Ufuoma Akpojivi is Senior Lecturer in the Media Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research interests cut across media policy, democratization and new media and citizens’ engagement. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa rated researcher and a fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Akpojivi, Ufuoma

    Pages 1-22

  • Hegemony and Neo-Liberalism: Democracy and Media Freedom

    Akpojivi, Ufuoma

    Pages 23-52

  • Media Reforms, Democratization in Ghana: From Policy Ambition to Implementation

    Akpojivi, Ufuoma

    Pages 53-95

  • Media Reforms, Democratization in Nigeria: From Policy Ambition to Implementation

    Akpojivi, Ufuoma

    Pages 97-135

  • Comparative Analysis: Common Patterns or Disparity?

    Akpojivi, Ufuoma

    Pages 137-145

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75301-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75300-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media Reforms and Democratization in Emerging Democracies of Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75301-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75301-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75300-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 177
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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