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Electoral democracy and subaltern resistance in Ghana

ByJasper Abembia Ayelazuno

This chapter analyses the political attitudes and behaviour of the Ghanaian subalterns under various thematic clusters: knowledge and identification of the state and its actors; social relations between the subalterns and the state; standards for good and bad government; and political actions and activities. It draws from these analyses is that, in the specific social context of electoral democracy in Ghana, the political attitudes of the Ghanaian subalterns are not promising of militant resistance against the neoliberal state despite the deleterious effects of the harsh neoliberal policies on their wellbeing. The Ghanaian subalterns do not envisage using militant modes of resistance to resist the continuous implementation of neoliberal policies by the state. The values of African societies have since time immemorial endorsed the principles of freedom and liberty, even before their contact with Europeans, not to talk of something as recent as America democracy promotion.