Universal Journal of Management Vol. 3(3), pp. 115 - 121
DOI: 10.13189/ujm.2015.030303
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Political Culture and Democratic Transition in West Africa: The Nigerian Experience

Ibrahim Baba *
Department of Public Administration, Mai Idris Alooma Polytechnic, P. M. B. 1020, Geidam, Yobe State, Nigeria


The transfer of political power from one civilian regime to another in West Africa have often been accompanied by violence promoted by desires of parties in power to consolidate their grips on power and by opposition parties interest to capture same by hook or crook in some other cases. The attitudes of the electorates of making themselves available to the politicians to be use in promoting elections and post-election violence itself is not helping the development of democracy and party politics in the west Africa. Conducted with the use of quantitative research methodology, this essay examines the relationship between political culture and democratic transition in West Africa. It examines the political behaviors and attitudes of people in the region towards transfer of political power from one to another civilian regime. Experiences gathered from such development in Nigeria were also examined in the study. The work also examines the need for attitudinal and paradigm shift in relations to democratic transition in West Africa and Nigeria in particular. What causes election and post-election violence, how are these violence sponsored and why should these conflicts be avoided are some of the major questions examined in this work. The work is also written with ideas drawn from the works of great comparative and behaviorists Political Scholars like Gabriel Almond, David Easton, Maurice Durverger, Graham Wallace, Author Bentley et al.

Political, Culture, Democratic, Transition, Experience, Elections, Post-election

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[1] Ibrahim Baba , "Political Culture and Democratic Transition in West Africa: The Nigerian Experience," Universal Journal of Management, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 115 - 121, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/ujm.2015.030303.

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Ibrahim Baba (2015). Political Culture and Democratic Transition in West Africa: The Nigerian Experience. Universal Journal of Management, 3(3), 115 - 121. DOI: 10.13189/ujm.2015.030303.