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The hegelian State and The Risk of The Tyranny of the Minority: The African Political Experiment

Agbude, Godwyns .A. (2011) The hegelian State and The Risk of The Tyranny of the Minority: The African Political Experiment. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 13 (3). pp. 114-131. ISSN 1520-5509

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Most post-colonial African states have evolved a uniform pattern of behavior that is injurious to the people. The state and its institutions of governance have outgrown the people such that the concept of ‘state’ carries an unquestionable patrimonial outlook without recourse to the ideals of sustainable development. The most obvious pattern of the African post-colonial states revolves around Hegel’s theory of state as the ultimate objectification, or self-projection of the Absolute Spirit in which the drivers of government policies are superior to the people. We shall investigate and outline the consequences and the remedy to this Hegelian foundation of African states and emphasize the necessity for sustainable development to become the goal of those in the position of power in Africa. The remedy is located in the reconstruction of the concept of state in Africa with the purpose of producing a state that integrates the people into its policies and pursues development ideology that is people-oriented. We shall place the responsibility of service and respect for the voices of the demos (the people) on the political leaders and their bureaucratic counterparts and recommends the provision of a viable socio-eco-political platform for the realization of the holistic development in Africa

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hegelian State; Reconstruction; Sustainable Development; Good Governance; Absolute Spirit.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2015 21:21
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2015 21:21

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