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Bielefeld Graduate School
in History and Sociology
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Ben Bediako Boakye


Democratic governance has become a widespread catchphrase in African politics in recent years as result of the political reforms which swept through the continent, during the last decade of the Twentieth Century, after years of military adventurism and authoritarian regimes. This phenomenon led to endemic corruption, economic mismanagement and political instability in the region which lasted for decades following decolonization.

Ghana, the country under consideration is a relatively small sub-Saharan African country , which has undergone tumultous political transformation since it gained independence from the British colonial rule in 1957. Between the year 1966 and 1981, the country experienced five military interventions which distabilized the post-independence political process for almost a quarter of a century. Therefore the re-introduction of the constitution and the restoration of multi-party democracy reinvigorated the country's path towards political stability.

The research investigates Ghana's relative stable democratic experiment since re-democratization in 1992. It examines the transitional processes, institutional choices, problems and prospects of democratic sustainability. In order to offer eclectic and comprehensive assessment on Ghana's renewed democratization, the study traces the historical development of democratization in Ghana and evaluates the effects of the institutional choices on the democratic process. It also explores the relationship between the political institutions and democratic stability and assesses the role of actors in the democratic transformation. The issue of how religion and ethnicity impacts on democratic sustainability are also given the due consideration.

Supervisor Prof.Dr. Detlef Sack

Academic Background

PhD Student (Since October, 2009)
Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology,
Faculty of Sociology,
Department of Political Science,
Bielefeld University.

Research Topic: Democratic Governance and Institutional Transformation in Ghana: Processes, Problems and Prospects.

MAS (Master of African Studies) 2008
Dalarna University, Centre for African Studies, Falun, Sweden.
Thesis: The Role of Akan Traditional Rulers in Socio-Economic Development of Ghana.
Supervisor: Prof. Tekeste Negash.

MA (Master of Arts in World Heritage Studies) 2004
Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany.
Thesis: The Impact of Mining on the Cultural Heritage of Tarkwa, Ghana.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Eng. Michael Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Konrad Nowacki.

BA (Hons) History and Archaeology 1996
University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Dissertation: Continuity and Change in Settlement Pattern at Kissehman, Accra.
Supervisor: Dr. Kodzo Gavua.

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