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African Parliaments

Between governance and government

MA Mohammed Salih (ed)

 
Format210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages306
ISBN 100-7969-2169-5
ISBN 13978-07969-2169-7
Publish Year2006
RightsAfrica Rights Only
 
 
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African Parliaments offers an in-depth analysis of parliamentary development in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the continent's post-1990s democratic resurgence. In particular, it illustrates how African parliaments struggle to serve as part of the machinery of government while exercising the function of holding government accountable.

Prof. Salih and contributors present a penetrating contextual analysis of the broader socio-economic and political circumstances within which African parliaments operate, the evolution of African parliamentary systems from colonialism to the present, and the relationship between parliament and government with particular reference to political accountability and oversight.

Providing an excellent overview of changes in the role of African parliaments at national and local levels and across multiple countries, the volume includes chapters on Zambia, Ghana, Namibia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, and South Africa.

Co-published with Palgrave Macmillan - ISBN 1-4039-7122-6

Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Notes on Contributors
Preface

PART I

  1. Introduction: The Changing Governance Role of African Parliaments
    M.A.Mohammed Salih
  2. Parliaments, Politics, and Governance: African Democracies in Comparative Perspective
    Wil Hout
  3. Legislative Quotas for Women: Implications for Governance in Africa
    Aili Mari Tripp
  4. Local Assemblies and Local Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa
    Dele Olowu
  5. Citizen's Support for Legislature and Democratic Consolidation: A Comparative Study with Special Focus on Mali
    Reneske Doorenspleet

PART II

  1. Evolution of Parliament-Executive Relations in Zambia Jotham
    C.Momba
  2. Longitudinal View on Ghana's Parliamentary Practices
    Kwame Boafo-Arthur
  3. People, Party, Politics, and Parliament: Government and Governance in Namibia
    Henning Melber
  4. Parliament and Dominant Party System in Ethiopia
    Kassahun Berhanu
  5. Parliament as Machinery for Political System Control: The Inner Workings of Bunge, Tanzania
    Vibeke Wang
  6. A Decade of Legislature-Executive Squabble in Malawi, 1994-2004
    Boniface Dulani and Jan Kees van Donge
  7. The South African Parliament's Failed Moment
    Tim Hughes
  8. Conclusions
    M.A.Mohammed Salih

Bibliography
Index

About the Author/s

MA Mohammed Salih is a Professor of Politics of Development at the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden as well as the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Reviews

Extract from review by Peter Limb (Michigan State University) in The African Book Publishing Record, Vol XXXIV/1/2008 p.19:

" African Parliaments: Between Governance and Government is a major book on African parliaments, and it ties together issues of structure to processes of democratization and representation. Much more remains to be said about, for example, gender (covered in one chapter instead of throughout), class and ethnicity (neither of which are indexed), and the many other African countries not covered (except for Mali, all case studies are Anglophone (plus Ethiopia). ... Nevertheless, this is a fine book and should be acquired by all libraries taking Africa seriously."

Peter Mair, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and European University, Italy

"This is the first major assessment of developments in African parliaments and fills a huge gap in our understanding of contemporary African governance. Salih and his contributors are to be congratulated for bringing Africa squarely into the mainstream of comparative study of political institutions. This is a landmark contribution and will be essential reading for students of comparative politics, African politics and legislative studies."

Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Probing, comprehensive, nuanced study of African parliaments and a major contribution to our understanding of Africa's democratization. The editor has assembled a top-notch team of African and European scholars; the result is a definitive work on this crucial but understudied topic."

 

 

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