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Trends in Global Democratisation Ethics

23 June 2010
12:15 - 13:30

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23 June 2010

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12:15 – 13:30


Prof. Edwin Okey Ijeomah


You are cordially invited to attend a seminar to be presented by Prof. Edwin Ijeomah, of the School of Public Management and Development, Faculty of Management and Commerce at the  University of Fort Hare.

Democratisation is a modern term with a local, trans-local, international and global dimension. Although relatively new context of world history, it has influenced worldwide politics by creating a certain utopia of the 21st century. Even though the notion of democracy does have credibility and its overall effect throughout both the first and third world seem to be increasingly positive-popular, it is not without fault neither is the process of democracy a smooth transition from pre to post. The road of realism is littered with ethical issues and moral trade-offs. Its diversity holds important lessons for countries in both the pre and present stages. Some key features discussed in the paper include the motivation for democracy, and the ethical issues created by it. Past research seems to be contradicting and has proven only one truth regarding the phenomena of democracy: it is incoherent to any rules applied as such. Thus, although some relationship between cause and effect is analysed, the issues emphasised in the paper might not be en vogue; perhaps completely against the reader’s dogma. Its aim is not to provide a simple solution – there is none- but rather to highlight crucial points on how democratisation philosophers used the concept to shaping the world of today and its future generations.

Edwin Okey Ijeoma is a Professor of Policy and Public sector Economics in the School of Public Management and Development at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He was a senior Academic at the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa (UNISA). He was a pioneer research specialist at the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Secretariat, Johannesburg and serves as policy adviser to several public sector and development institutions in South Africa and abroad. He has presented a number of papers in local and international conferences and published articles and books on NEPAD, Globalisation and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and other development issues.

The audio presentation for the seminar is available for download

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