African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403

Full Length Research Paper

Political development as social intelligence in constitutional democracy: The central place of dialogue in decolonization

Munya G. Kabba
  • Munya G. Kabba
  • Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education Canada.
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  •  Received: 25 June 2013
  •  Accepted: 30 January 2014
  •  Published: 31 May 2014


Regressions in the moral practical consciousness of politicians during decolonization in Sierra Leone created the precondition for a crisis-ridden post-Independence social order.  Using the Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy, and the Critical Theory of Society, the paper  analyzes epochal political discourses during decolonization to explicate normative deficits in the  society’s attempt to realize a constitutional democratic state. This research demonstrates why the discourse paradigm of law and democracy, and critical social theory overcome the limits of paradigms of law, democracy, and social development informed by individualism, or production. The paper argues that a modern (post traditional) society, which fails to institutionalize rational discourse (dialogue), impedes its own political development, and political autonomy.    

Key words: Decolonization, constitutional democracy, constitutional state principle, private law, post-conventional moral principle, juridification.