The Wave of Protests Leading to Regimes Change in Africa: A Sociological Perspective
Recently the wave of social protests aiming at regimes change in the global community have been unprecedented in scope. Africa having succeeded in stamping out the tides of coup d’état, or military coup that over the years undermined its’ growing democracy, the continent has now become a hub for the momentous wave of social protests that in less than a decade changed four regimes (Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Burkina Faso) and making its way in other parts of Africa. Some like minded authors in their scholarly articles cited related political issues such as corruption, mismanagement of natural resources, prolonged regime, bordering on bad governance to be the reasons behind the wave of regime change protests. Without disagreement to the above reasons, this book takes a distinct approach that interrogates the subject matter. From a sociological perspective as the conceptual framework, it meticulously argued that skepticism of trust in electoral system, skepticism of trust in independence of the Judiciary, the problem of majority rule and the conspicuous silence of the International Community are the reasons behind the mounting appeal of popular uprisings in Africa. The book concludes that no matter how much critics conceptualized social protest as unconstitutional undermining Africa growing democracy, the continent remained vulnerable to social protest unless African leaders address the reasons thereof.