Accountable Government in Africa

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Subtitle: Perspectives From Public Law and Political Studies
Author: Danwood Mzikenge Chirwa and Lia Nijzink
Publisher: University of Cape Town Press (2012)
ISBN-10: 191989537X
ISBN-13: 9781919895376
Condition: Very Good
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 302
Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg


In the early 1990s, a wave of democratisation swept the African continent, resulting in a flurry of constitution-making and constitutional revision.
New constitutional provisions were adopted which entrenched human rights and established various institutional mechanisms to hold governments to account. Although most of these new constitutions seemed to compare well with the constitutions of more established democracies, many of the newly established accountability mechanisms had no parallel or precursor in the previous constitutional arrangements.

The book also discusses different sources of accountability that are specifically relevant in the context of Africa's young democracies: constitutions and constitutionalism, cultural norms and practices and international accountability assistance. The title brings together a number of leading experts in the fields of public law, political science and democratisation studies to discuss problems of accountability, identify ways of making African governments accountable and describe the extent to which these mechanisms work in practice.


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