Wiredu's Consensual Democracy and the Limits of an African Political Consensus: A Critical Evaluation
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Department of Philosophy, University of Uyo
This paper takes a critical look at Kwasi Wiredu’s Consensual Democracy and the attempt at universalising it at least across the African continent. Against the background of the economic and socio political instability that have bedeviled the African states as a result of the practise of majoritarian democracy, Wiredu proposes a form of democracy that is deeply rooted in African traditional culture in the name of consensual democracy as a viable alternative to the Western majoritarian democracy. In this paper, I argue that given the cultural diversity and multifarious nature of the contemporary African society, the proposal for universalizing Consensual Democracy may be a mere academic exercise, whose implementation lacks practicability.
Consensual Democracy , Majoritarian Democracy , Universal , Cultural Diversity , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects
Owosho S.A. (2021). Wiredu’s Consensual Democracy and the Limits of an African Political Consensus: A Critical Evaluation, Sapientia: Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 14, A Publication of the Department of Philosophy, University of Uyo, Uyo, 255-263.