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Participation for a 'People-Driven' Constitution?: A Critical Investigation of Zambian Civil Society Engagement in the Constitution-Making Process

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dc.contributor.author Hayward, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-10T17:58:14Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-10T17:58:14Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/13063
dc.description.abstract This study explores with theoretical and practical challenges surrounding the roles of civil society organizations (CSOs) and participatory approaches in development and democratization processes in contemporary Africa. Through a grounded, contextualized analysis of a coalition of Zambian CSOs, the Oasis Forum, and its (dis)engagement with the ongoing constitution-making process, this thesis interrogates the possibilities and limitations of various conceptions of „popular participation? in efforts to open up potentially transformative spaces for citizen engagement. The case of the Oasis Forum complicates, enriches and challenges both liberal and critical narratives of civil society, and demonstrates that even within superficially liberal language and objectives, there can be efforts to advance, and articulate with, more far-reaching possibilities for social change. Though the constraints of neoliberal globalization fundamentally constrain the scope of Zambian economic and political self-determination, this work reveals the under-acknowledged radical potential of liberal conceptual and policy tools to challenge this hegemonic order. More grounded, nuanced theoretical approaches are required to address the mutually constitutive nature of hegemonic structures and the agential subjects struggling within and against them. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject neo-Gramscian en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Civil Society en_US
dc.subject Critical Theory en_US
dc.subject Democracy en_US
dc.subject constitution-making en_US
dc.subject Zambia en_US
dc.subject Participation en_US
dc.title Participation for a 'People-Driven' Constitution?: A Critical Investigation of Zambian Civil Society Engagement in the Constitution-Making Process en_US
dc.date.defence 2010-05-03
dc.contributor.department Department of International Development Studies en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner Dr. Peter Arthur en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Nissim Mannathukkaren en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. John Cameron en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. David Black en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Received en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US

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