POLITICAL IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS

1.0 INTRODUCTION Ideology is a very crucial aspect of politics. It is a gateway to the understanding of political action and indeed, interpenetration of politics. In this respect, it guides, supports, restrains and rationalizes political action. According to Okwudiba Nnoli, it can act as a great mobilizing energy to galvanize mass political action. Ideology is…

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POLITICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE: REFORMS, REVOLUTIONS AND MILITARY COUPS

1.0 INTRODUCTION Political and social change refers to the varying change in human behaviour and institutions, in response to stimuli from society and the power relations between social groups. What then is change? What makes it necessary? What are the different forms of change? Change is the different in process, form and structure in response…

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CONSTITUTION REVIEW

CONSTITUTION 1.0 INTRODUCTION Constitution entails the document that embodies the steps that determine how we do things in the society. It is essentially the embodiment of the most fundamental rules, principles and institutions which constitute the political fabric of a state. Rules are those regulations that govern a particular action, and principles are the underlying…

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POWER AND AUTHORITY

1.0 INTRODUCTION This Unit introduces us to the interrelatedness of the basic concepts in political science, power and authority. It has been found that these concepts are subjected to certain misinterpretation and abuses, especially, for non-political scientists. This Unit deals essentially with the 2 basic concepts: power and authority. The other 2 concepts: influence and…

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CONSTITUTIONALISM

1.0 INTRODUCTION Constitutionalism is a goal (i.e. a means to an end), and it refers to the regularity of political life within a state by means of a constitution. As a concept, constitutionalism means limited government i.e. a system of restraint on both the rulers and the ruled. Constitutionalism asserts that there are fundamental limits…

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THE NATURE OF AFRICAN ARMIES

1.0 INTRODUCTION In looking at the Nature of African Armies, what we are really examining is the ‘failure of the military in Government’. According to Robin Luckham in ‘The Nigerian Military’, African armies were at first ‘mercenary’ armies. Luckham means that sub-Saharan African armies were created, organised and trained under colonial tutelage. Further, armies which…

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