Civil Society Groups (CSGs) and the Democratisation Process in Nigeria, 1960-2007

International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Volume 71, 2016

11 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2017

Date Written: August 17, 2017

Abstract

This paper analyses the significant role the civil society groups (CSGs) played in the democratisation process in Nigeria between 1960 and 2007. The paper discovers that the CSGs made use of the conceptual mechanism in the democratisation process of Nigeria. The conceptual mechanism allowed the CSGs to inject such important concepts as accountability, rule of law, democracy, transparency, human rights and due process into the democratisation process between 1960 and 2007. These concepts were used to tackle some of the major democratization challenges, such as corruption, religious crisis and governance that confronted Nigeria between 1960 and 2007. By using the historical methodology, the paper analyses the crucial role the CSGs played in both the civilian and military administrations thatgoverned Nigeria between 1960 and 2007. The central thrust of the paper is to show how the CSGs contributed to the enthronement of democracy and democratic practices in Nigeria.

Keywords: Civil Society Groups, Conceptual Mechanism, Democracy, Democratisation, Military Rule, Nigeria

Suggested Citation

Falode, Adewunmi James, Civil Society Groups (CSGs) and the Democratisation Process in Nigeria, 1960-2007 (August 17, 2017). International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Volume 71, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3020726

Adewunmi James Falode (Contact Author)

Lagos State University ( email )

Ojo
Lagos State
Nigeria

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