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The Concepts of Democracy and Governance
Akindele and Adeyemo give apt theoretical perspectives on the concepts of democracy and good governance. They also emphasize that democracy provides the bedrock for good governance; and succinctly positing democracy and good governance to be inter-related in such a way that the absence of one spells doom for the other.
Grassroots Democracy: A Theoretical Discourse
Awotokun depicts that grassroot democracy is a mass participatory democracy, which encourages good governance, as people are deeply involved in the governance processes. He opines that it doesn’t only take the government closer to the people but also enables the government to know and serve them better. He emphasizes that unsustainable grassroot democracy can invariably lead to failed democracy.
Conceptual Analysis of Accountability and Transparency in Governance
Adeyemo and Ihemeje reveal the concept of accountability in the ethics of governance provoke several meanings ranging from responsibility, responsiveness, answerability, enforcement, blameworthiness, liability and other associated terms. They however argue that Governance in its broad context goes beyond leadership and control of people and properties. Also, claims were made on the appearance of transparency in making organizational bodies visible; hence Gerry Stoker theoretical framework was established to furnish the subjects. They further opine that the barriers in Governance viz-a-viz accountability and transparency, and as such, the duo suggested robust principles to enhance better performance viz; public accountability, publicly understandable and acceptability and by extension a comprehensive strategies.
This paper examines the concepts of democracy and governance and their affinity or otherwise in our society. It is divided into five parts viz: the introduction, concept of democracy, concept of governance, the relationship between democracy and governance and finally the conclusion.