RECONSIDERING THE CASE FOR CONSENSUAL GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA

  • Barry Hallen

Abstract

Consensus has been highlighted by African philosophers as an element essential to African societies, past and present, that has not been assigned the importance it deserves.  The philosophers involved have done this in part by drawing upon firsthand experience of their own indigenous cultures.  Consensual governance presents a rather different view of the constitution of indigenous African societies and what should be their most appropriate form of political order today.  A legitimate concern, therefore, is why this element supposedly foundational to sub-Saharan African societies came to be underrated. 

Published
2019-02-04
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