The Media-Democracy Paradox in Ghana

Rethinking Political Communication in an African Context

Wilberforce Sefakor Dzihah

The Media-Democracy Paradox in Ghana

Wilberforce Sefakor Dzihah

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212 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $106.50 ISBN: 9781789382365 Published October 2020 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This volume focuses on the matrix offered by the media-democracy paradox in Ghana, Africa, and the Global South. As the first black African country south of the Sahara to attain political independence from Great Britain, Ghana is widely acknowledged by the international community as a model of democracy. This book examines the praxis of this democracy and its media, delving into Ghana’s evolvement, media practices, leadership aspirations, pressure group politics, and ideological cleavages. 

A rich data source for students, scholars, researchers, and political actors on both the African continent and the diaspora, The Media-Democracy Paradox in Ghana challenges the dominant Western theories of media and democracy, examines the growing influence of social media in political discourse, and provides insightful analysis of debates surrounding political communication and its implications for strengthening democratic culture.


Preface vii

Acknowledgements xii

List of Abbreviations xiii

1. Theorizing Media and Democracy 1

2. Media Ownership and Control 31

3. The African Perspective of Media and Democracy 48

4. African Governance System and Democracy 67

5. The Early Press, Nkrumah and Nationalism 86

6. Military Adventurism, Democrats and the Media 100

7. Media and Communication Ethics 115

8. Monopoly to Pluralism: Radio and Television 134

9. Social Media and Democratic Elections 149

10. Conclusion 166


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