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Democracy and Human Rights in Africa

The Politics of Collective Participation and Governance in Cameroon

Peter Ateh-Afac Fossungu

Publication Year: 2013

Since the mid-1980s, there has been much federalism talk in Cameroon where federation (said to have been created in Foumban in 1961) had supposedly been ëoverwhelminglyí rejected in 1972 by Cameroonians. ëConfusioncracyí is the one good term that could conveniently explain it. Written with the trilogy of criticism, provocation, and construction in mind, this book aims at reconstructing a new and vigorous society in Cameroon that ensures respect for fundamental human rights and certain basic shared values. Much as the book centres on the Anglophone Problem; it is principally about human rights and their excessive violations ñ the direct result of the absence of separation of powers and constitutionalism. It largely condemns Cameroonís government for incessantly singing democracy and rule of law at the same time as it is massively torturing and wantonly killing citizens that dare to question the confusion. While sharing the position that a state like Cameroon must be seen to ensure that its laws and other practices accord with its international commitments, the book nonetheless strives to apportion the blame for Cameroonís human rights catastrophe accordingly; showing how the English-speaking minority itself, generally speaking, contributes to a large extent in propping up the dictatorship that is oppressing not only that minority but Cameroonians at large. The book challenges Cameroon to assume a leadership role in uniting Africans through meaningful federalization rather than further splitting them into incapable mini-states on the challenging world stage.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-3


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pp. iii-vi

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pp. vii-xx

One important fundamental preoccupation of constitutionalism is the avoidance of governmental tyranny through the abuse of power by rulers pursuing their own interests at the expense of the life, liberty, and property of the governed. A major challenge faced by constitutional engineers has been to design a system of governance that maximizes the protection of individual members of society ...

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Chapter 1 - Laughing at the Academia: The Federal Republic Of Cameroon (FRC) And The Definition Of Federalism

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pp. 1-50

Federalism is such an important human rights protecting instrument in governance that it was a principal topic of discussion at one of the triennial congresses of the International Political Science Association, held in 1964 in Geneva. Majeed (2008: 5) sees federalism as an important method of good governance in which political accommodation and understanding become sound practices ...

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Chapter 2 - Confusion, Manipulation, and the Invisible Hand of Federalism in Africa: Lessons in Patriotism, Sincerity, and Brotherhood in Cameroon

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pp. 51-106

Trager (1968: x) has posed some important questions that, inter alia, would help in deciphering the invisible hand of federalism. What is federalism, and why do federations form and fail? In other words, what are the prerequisites, if any, for a successful federation? Can one discern factors that make for success or failure? ...

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Chapter 3 - The Politics Of Federalism, Self-Determination, And Secession: Is The Cameroon Administration Above International Human Rights Law Too?

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pp. 107-166

Is federalism a vehicle for self-determination or one for secession? As indicated in the Introduction, this question, and many more, can be best answered mostly with an adequate understanding of the politics of secession in Cameroon; this politics finding its roots in the concept of federalism through which the English-speaking minority thinks it can feel protected in the larger state. ...

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Chapter 4 - Africa, Bicephalism, And Bicameralism: The Impossible Is Really Not Possible In Cameroon?

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pp. 167-220

What is the precise meaning of bicephalism and of bicameralism in this African country called Cameroon? Bicameralism and bicephalism in Cameroon, like any other constitutional or political question hinging on separation of powers, are loaded with much confusion and manipulation – confusioncracy. ...

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pp. 221-228

I must again stress that doing things right (especially in combining federalism and the parliamentarianism) in Cameroon may require careful visits to Germany to discover how the Germans did it after the Nazi catastrophe that is not much different from the Biya regime. ...


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pp. 229-238

Back cover

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p. 262-262

E-ISBN-13: 9789956790050
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956790159

Page Count: 260
Publication Year: 2013