Constructing a cardinal measure of democratic development in a transition polity: the Nigerian example

Dinneya, G.E. and Tsegaye, A. (2004) Constructing a cardinal measure of democratic development in a transition polity: the Nigerian example. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 37 (2). pp. 348-373. ISSN 0008-4239



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Existing measures of the level of democracy present in a given state treat democracy as a product and therefore place undue emphasis on actual freedoms enjoyed by the citizens of the country. In transition polities where the actual levels of freedom are low despite continuing efforts to democratize, democracy should be seen as a process rather than a product. Ameasure that dilutes the end product to capture today's struggles against undemocratic structures and policies does so in order to recognize the foundations these inputs lay for future democratic development. Nigeria exemplifies the many polities in transition on the African continent. This essay looks at the major political events that typify the processes of power change, quality of governance, political environment and democratic dividends, and uses them to construct democratization indices to determine the pattern and level of democratization in Nigeria since political independence. This exercise sets the stage for assessing the impacts of various dimensions of democratization on the performance of the Nigerian economy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:property rights; democracy; democratization; Index of National Political Development; democratic index; Gastil index; Freedom House Composite Index; FHC Index; free elections; civil liberties; political liberties; political rights;
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Commerce > Economics and Economic History
ID Code:1499
Deposited On:18 Sep 2009
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