Democracy, good governance and development in the nascent democracies: A case study of Nigeria’s fourth republic Bright IGHOROJEH & Biliamin Adekunle ADEYEYE

Democracy, good governance and development in the nascent democracies: A case study of Nigeria’s fourth republic

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Bright IGHOROJEH & Biliamin Adekunle ADEYEYE

Abstract

Since its debut in the Greek city state of Athens in the 5th century, Democracy has grown to become one of the most popular forms of government among nations of the word. Overtime too, a common notion suggestive of a positive correlation between democracy, good governance and development seems to have emerged amongst scholars and politicians such that democracy is now considered as a measure of good governance and a catalyst for development. Nigeria chose the path of democracy at independence in 1960. Since then, Nigeria has had four attempts at democratic governance amidst fits of military coup and interregnum. The aim of this paper is to test the veracity of the seemingly held notion of a positive correlation between democracy, good governance and development against evidence based positions in the nascent democracy of Nigeria’s fourth republic. The study observed some deficits of some vital ingredients in the nature and practice of democracy in Nigeria and the fundamentals being the issues of accountability and transparency needed for growth and development in any nation. The study situates the low level development and lack of a positive correlation between democracy, good governance and development on the problems of accountability and transparency in the practice of democracy in Nigeria. The study submits that these problems are not the result of lack of requisite statutes but of statute enforcement. Appropriate recommendations were provided to tackle these problems in order to facilitate much needed growth and development in Nigeria.

Key words: Democracy, Good Governance, Development, Electoral Fraud, Accountability.

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Title:

Democracy, good governance and development in the nascent democracies: A case study of Nigeria’s fourth republic

Author:

Bright IGHOROJEH & Biliamin Adekunle ADEYEYE

Journal Name: International Journal of Science and Business
Website: ijsab.com
ISSN: ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3351473
Media: Online & Print
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Acceptance Date: 19/07/2019
Date of Publication: 25/07/2019
PDF URL: http://ijsab.com/wp-content/uploads/317.pdf
Free download: Available
Page: 175-183
First Page: 175
Last Page: 183
Paper Type: Research Paper
Current Status: Published

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Ighorojeh, B., & Adeyeye, B. A. (2019). Democracy, good governance and development in the nascent democracies: A case study of Nigeria’s fourth republic. International Journal of Science and Business, 3(1), 175-183.   doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3351473

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Bright IGHOROJEH, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Micheal Otedola College of Primary Education, Noforija-Epe, Lagos, Nigeria.

 Biliamin Adekunle ADEYEYE (Corresponding Author), Researcher & Graduate Student,      Department of Educational Management, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun-State, Nigeria.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3351473

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