Democracy  &  Nature, Vol. 5No. 2


Can, and should, europe export democracy to Africa?

Robert Pinkney


Abstract: Since the early 1980s there has been a broad consensus in Europe that democratisation in Africa is desirable, and that Europe should have a positive role in bringing it about. The reasons for this growing European interest are discussed, and it is argued that there is a lack of clarity as to exactly what sort of democracy Europe wants Africa to have, and how it should be achieved. Some of the conflicting objectives are examined, and it is suggested that Europe needs to go beyond pressing for democracy in the formal constitutional sense.