Accountable Government in Africa 1e

Perspectives from Public Law and Political Studies

Product Attributes

  • Soft Cover
  • 9781919895376
  • 320 Pages
  • 2012


Chirwa, DM ; Nijzink, L


R 533.00

About this Publication:

In the early 1990s, a wave of democratisation swept the African continent, resulting in a flurry of constitution-making and constitutional revision which entrenched human rights and established various institutional mechanisms to hold governments to account. After two decades of constitutional changes and other developments affecting governance in Africa it is now time to take stock and assess to what extent accountable governance has taken root there.
Combining insights from public law and political studies, this edited volume looks at various institutions and mechanisms of accountability - national prosecuting authorities, the judiciary, human rights commissions, political parties and informal mechanisms. It assesses their effectiveness in holding African governments to account and how these institutions themselves are being held accountable.
The book brings together a number of leading experts in the fields of public law, political science and democratisation and presents new knowledge about legal and political developments in a number of African countries (South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Mali), knowledge that is relevant to the policy goal of developing and deepening democratic governance and accountable government on the continent.

Contents Include:

Chapter 1: Accountable government in Africa: Introduction
Chapter 2: Post-Apartheid Accountability: The Transformation of a Political Idea
Chapter 3: The Politics of Constitutional Reform in Zambia: From executive dominance to public participation?
Chapter 4: Judicial Independence and the Judicialisation of Electoral Politics in Malawi and Uganda
Chapter 5: From parliamentary supremacy to Judicial Review: Relations between Parliament and the Judiciary in Tanzania
Chapter 6: Judicial Review of Parliamentary Actions in South Africa: A Nunanced Interpretation of the Separation of Powers
Chapter 7: Prosecutions, Politics and the Law: The Way Things Are
Chapter 8: The Civilianisation of Prosecutorial Services in Tanzania
Chapter 9: Accountable Governance and the Role of National Human Rights Institutions: The Experience of the Malawi Human Rights Commission
Chapter 10: Balancing Independence and Accountability: The Role of Chapter 9 Institutions in South Africa’s Constitutional Democracy
Chapter 11: Accountability Compromised: Floor Crossing in Malawi and South Africa
Chapter 12: Democracy within Political Parties: The State of Affairs in East and Southern Africa
Chapter 13: Political Parties in Malawi: An Accountability Analysis
Chapter 14: Family Matters: The Interplay between Formal and Informal Incentives for Accountability in Mali’s Local Communities
Chapter 15: Understanding Local Forms of Accountability: Initial Findings from Ghana
Chapter 16: External Accountability Meets Accountability Assistance with Reference to Legislative Strengthening in Africa

Of Interest and Benefit to:

Academics, students and practitioners in the fields of public law, public administration, political studies and African studies. Anyone who has an interest in developing and deepening democratic governance and accountable government on the African continent.