Democracy has progressed irregularly around the globe. Recently, the Arab countries have had democracy related challenges with what become commonly known as the “Arab spring”. At present the world is expecting to witness a possible trend of democratization especially in the Middle East. While Africa and Asia are showing an expansive range of widespread partaking in governments in order to catch up with the general global view of democracy. There is the on going notion especially by the countries that are still a small democracy that for democracy to flourish in the world, it should be based on the cultures and traditional governance of the particular countries. Now the follow up question on this is that, can democracy work in different global contexts, using their own cultural traditional foundations of governance? This question animates a lot in todays context of democracy and the way it is perceived by many political actors.
In the recent weeks to date, I have been working on a project that compares the American democracy especially in Washington, DC with the one of my country South Sudan. I attend events like; demonstrations in front of the white house, political campaigns or rallies, congressional and court proceedings where necessary and many other related occurrences. While people in the United States of America frequently undertake that democracy is the best form of governance or only political system for the entire world, the genuineness is that it is delicate and erratic in most of the world particularly in the African continent.
Understanding African cultural and traditional methods to democracy and democratization is however an important logical test in the contemporary era of globalization. Besides, it might help tackle complications of democratization in the United States of America.
Few years down the road, political and social scientists tried to think beyond the democracy in the West and concentrated a bit more in the developing continents. This rational methodology pursues comparison between political ideas in the west and the procedures transversely in the globe. This endeavor, i believe, will have much to say about the problems of democracy and democratization in the whole world and the way forward especially in the developing countries.
In conclusion therefore, in order to understand the democracy in the developing countries and also its possible threats, one needs to get a broader knowledge of the cultural and traditional forms of governance in the concern countries and look at its democratic best practices. Given that recent universal complexes make opinions more intercontinental in nature, a relative and inclusive viewpoint on dogmatic concepts should be a matter of both logical and applied resolve.