The implications of globalization for the developing world continue to attract the attention of scholars across the globe; yet, scant attention is paid to the dynamics of its political consequences. This paper is a comparative study of the external linkages and regime trajectories of Ghana and Nigeria; within the period 1990-2008. Evidence gathered on both countries substantiates the propositions that: the more a peripheral state derives huge revenues from commodity export, the more it will be able to exercise a significant degree of independence by resisting external pressure to imbibe liberal democratic values and vice versa. Similarly, the higher a peripheral country’s aid per capita from the core, the more such a country is likely to consolidate its transition to democracy. Thus, while the low level of democratic consolidation in Nigeria can partly be explained by the huge revenues from oil and very little aid dependency, the comparatively higher level of democratic consolidation in Ghana is partly explained by the relatively lower revenue from cocoa and timber exports and the higher aid dependency.
- Democratic Consolidation
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