By Said Adejumobi

From putative 'success tales' equivalent to Ghana and Rwanda to failed efforts in Zimbabwe and different nations, this quantity brings jointly seven incisive case reports from assorted contexts together with post-war Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the recent kingdom of South Sudan to distil insights into the bothered development of reform around the African continent.

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The second cycle commenced in 1926 (lasting from 1926 to 1955) with the finalization of Liberia’s incorporation into the global capitalist system with the arrival of Firestone, and the introduction of wage labor (van der Kraaj, 1983; Kieh, 2012). The resulting multiparty system consisted of various parties that represented the various factions and fractions of the emergent local ruling class. The TWP was dominant, as ref lected in its control of state power beginning in the late 1880s, although it was challenged at various intervals by other political parties.

Ultimately, the trajectory and outcome of Africa’s democratic journey will depend on the commitment and struggle of the African people. There will be trial and error, mistakes and setbacks, as democracy is, in its thorny path, filled with trepidations (Adejumobi, 2014b). The words of Martin Luther King Jr. (1963: 39) offer a succinct picture of the bumpy terrain of the democratic project; There is no tactical theory so neat that a revolutionary struggle for a share of power can be won merely by pressing a row of buttons.

53 (Peters and Shapouri, 1997: 15). With the precipitous decline in the salaries of civil servants, coupled with the high rate of unemployment, the distribution of income was much more skewed in favor of the members of the ruling class. 2 percent of the population was living in poverty, with 52 percent experiencing extreme poverty (United Nations Development Program, 2006). Amid the sordid state of the material conditions of ordinary Liberians, the members of the local wing of the ruling class and their relations used corruption—the embezzlement of public funds, extortion, the receipt of bribes, and sundry other means—as the principal means for the primitive accumulation of wealth.

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