EZ E AN YIK A, S AMU EL E.
Department of Political Science
Imo State University
Owerri, Nigeria.

 

Abstract
In the contemporary globalizing world, nations that have been granted ‘nominal political independence’ by their former colonizers are still grappling with the actualization of good governance and the institutionalization of the democratization process. The postcolonial political elites, though a minority, are still manipulating the institutions in these fragile nations to the extent that the choices may be antithetical to a dynamic process of democratic socialization. Premised on the assumption that institutional choices are going to be major determinants of democratic maturation, the thrust of this article is two-fold: first it is going to present a succinct examination of the patterns of institutional choices adopted by political elites in Africa as a result of the impacts of globalization; second, it is going to expatiate on which institutional choices are most suitable for democratic consolidation in these fragile African nations. 

Key words: Globalization, Political Economy, Institutional Choices, Democratization Process, Africa

 

African Journal of International Politics and Diplomacy Vol.6 No. 1&2
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