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Political Culture and Good Governance in Nigeria

Gberevbie, D.E. and Lafenwa, Stephen A. (2007) Political Culture and Good Governance in Nigeria. Ago-Iwoye Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 121-139. ISSN 0795-9782

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Good governance is undoubtedly the most fundamental condition for political. social and economic development in any society. This is because it creates an environment in which every one could unfold his/her productive, political and cultural potentials. The major problems that have consistently hindered good governance in Nigeria since independence are ethnic, religious and tribal sectionalism. It became a fundamental problem with the absence of a common belief system in the country's body politic. The paper examines the content and role of consensual, democratic political culture and its significance on good governance in Nigeria. The paper shows that the absence of this culture has brought about poor governance in the country. Since present political values are at odds with democracy and good governance, political reform and the empowerment of civil society alone may not engender lasting democratic governance in a heterogeneous Nigerian State. It is therefore imperative to put in place various constitutional provisions and mechanisms capable of evolving a new political culture that fosters order, stability, accountability, tolerance, transparency, social justice and equality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 14:35
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 14:35

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