Critical Review of A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

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POS 351: DEMOCRATIZATION Prof. Okey Iheduru Critical Review Essay Assignment Fall 2009 Write a critical review of Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People as a treatise on the politics of transition from authoritarian to democratic government. Please note that this is a work of fiction that describes a fictional African country during the first few years of post-independence rule. Do not assume it applies to the author’s country, Nigeria, although he must have drawn insights from his experiences there to write the novel which was published in 1965. In your essay, please address the following questions: 1. In a paragraph or two, discuss the theme, the setting, and plot of this novel.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. What “prerequisites for democracy” are present or lacking in this fictional country? 3. What lessons can we learn from the novel regarding the role of “agency” and “elite pacts” in the process of democratization? 4. What does the novel tell us about the significance of “sovereignty independence” in the consolidation of democracy? 5. How would you have dealt with, or responded to, the cases and levels of corruption described in the novel if you were a citizen of Bori, the fictional country in the novel?...
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