Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa
Fig. 1. Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa. Courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Palgrave Macmillan publishes a new book titled "Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa" written by Okoth Fred Mudhai from the Coventry University.

Publication Data

Mudhai, Okoth Fred. Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. ISBN: 9780230117921.


Interest in the relationship between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the context of electoral and change politics in Africa has intensified recently among donors, scholars, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). This book takes a critical look at claims, developments and initiatives linking CSOs, new media, and democracy. Based on research carried out among urban political non-governmental actors in Nairobi and Lusaka, and observations of trends in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the author argues that ICTs enhance the efficiency and operations of CSOs and make it easier for them to overcome ideological and other state obstacles but that states still remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance thus making real impact of new media minimal.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
General Introduction: Civic Challenge of Ruling Elite via New Digital Media in Africa
Part II: The Setting
Private-Public Sphere: Civic Engagement, New Media, and Democracy Theory
The 'Wave' and 'Spring' Metaphors in Networks' Struggle for Change 
Civic Engagement, the African State, and Political Reform
Power and Influence in the Digital Age: New Challenges to State Hegemony
Part III: Continental Trends and Networks
Platforms and Applications Diffusion: Civic Engagement and ICT Trends 
Identity and Issue Networks: New Media, Politics of Belonging and Change 
Part IV: A Tale of Two Countries - Kenya and Zambia
La Luta Continua: Transition and Disillusionment in the 'Second Liberation' and the 'Third Republic'
Civic Actors and the Struggle for Change: Precursors to New Social Movements in Kenya and Zambia
Unmuzzling Old Dogs to Bark Anew Far and Wide
Perceptions of Kenyan and Zambian Urban Civic Actors on their New Media Use In Political Realms
Part V: Conclusion
Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in an Increasingly Open Digital Media Environment

About the Author

Okoth Fred Mudhai is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at Coventry University, UK.

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