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Greg Mills directs the Brenthurst Foundation. Olusegun Obasanjo was President of Nigeria (1999-2007) and Chairperson of the African Union (2004-2006). Tendai Biti is a constitutional lawyer, human rights activist, and former Zimbabwe finance minister. Jeffrey Herbst is President of the American Jewish University, Los Angeles. A political scientist, Professor Herbst taught at Princeton University for eighteen years and is the author of 'States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control' and many other books and articles. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of Freedom House, he has served on the advisory board of The Brenthurst Foundation since 2005

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'Democracy Works is an important book which should be read by African leaders, and students and teachers of African politics and African Studies.' -- African Studies Quarterly
'Politics matters to development -- the more competitive the system, the better the prospects. If you read one book this year on why democracy is important, make sure it's 'Democracy Works''. -- Karin von Hipple, Director General
'At a time when democratic values around the world are under threat, Democracy Works is a timely, clear and impressively researched analysis.' -- Sarah Sands, editor
'Ethiopia shows - as does this handbook for democrats - that democracy and development are indivisible.' -- Hailemariam Desalegn
'Democracy is essential to governance, the rule of law and economic well-being. In Venezuela, we know to our cost what happens when democracy dies - we die with it. I urge all those concerned with the state of their nation to read Democracy Works, and act on its findings.' -- Maria Corina Machado
'Much is made these days of Africa's buoyant prospects, of the dynamism to be found in the continent's youthful demographic profile and rapid urbanisation, especially when coupled with the embrace of new technologies. But this positive future is only possible if, as the authors vividly demonstrate here, African institutions are both democratic and effective.' -- J. Peter Pham

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