This book investigates how changing norms of sovereignty may
promote better governance in Africa. It begins by tracing the
evolution of the concept of sovereignty and how, in the post-Cold
War era, sovereignty has been redefined to emphasize the
responsibility of the state to manage conflict and protect human
rights. African Reckoning includes assessments of how state actors
in Africa measure up to the norms inherent in the notion of
sovereignty as responsibility. The book also examines the question
of accountability at the regional and international levels.
The authors conclude that since the power of oppressed people to
hold their governments accountable is very limited, the
international community has a responsibility to provide victims of
internal conflict and gross violations of human rights with
essential protection and assistance. Accordingly, the book expounds
on the normative principles of responsible sovereignty,
international mechanisms and strategies for their enforcement, and
empirical evidence about the performance of governments as measured
by the requirements of responsible sovereignty. Contributors
include Richard Falk, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, James Rosenau,
Goran Hyden, Michael Chege, and John D. Steinbruner.
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