Critical Reconsideration of Conditions for Democratic Consolidation” The Followership Deficit Imperative

Critical Reconsideration of Conditions for Democratic Consolidation” The Followership Deficit Imperative

Author by Dr. Aaron Ogundiwin

Journal/Publisher: Babcock Journal Of Management And Social Sciences

Volume/Edition: 10

Language: English

Pages: 28 - 36

Abstract

Democracy has indisputably attained a wider coverage than any other ever practised system of government. In fact, it is a state political best practice, whence scholars are concerned with studies on how to avoid democratic reversal, deepen democracy and make it the only game in town. Prognosis in this regard is domiciled at features such as economic factors, level of social mobilization. ‘two-turn test” and Aristotelian concept of liberty and equality. The paper however redirects attention to the general systems theory, claiming a nodal nexus of the critical exercise of citizenship and democratic consolidation. The logic is that the understudying of the followership imperative to democratic consolidation especially with regards to the tendency for fertilizing irresponsible, illiberal and caste-servicing and pretentious democracies is a destructive destruction. Spurred by the observation that a state  is democratic in so far as the people are the prime as well as primary repository of government choices, preferences and actions one hand, and on the other determinants of government formation, policy options/choices and preferences as well as political configuration; this research work seek to situate the critical exercise of citizenship-displayed through followership/leadership interaction – as a formidable human rights necessary for the greasing of democratization.

Buying into the already established conditions for democratic consolidation, it steps up the debate by concluding that followership deficit is not only deflective to the democratization drive of any state, it however encourages dictatorship and consolidation of illiberal democracy. If leadership is comatose, followership can wake it.


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