The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

2159  Large

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

Product information

Format : 148mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 306
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2169-5
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2169-7
Publish Year : 2006
Rights : Africa Rights Only

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

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.

Share this

You might also consider these related books

2309  Large

Voices of liberation
Patrice Lumumba

US documents released in August 2011 reveal that President Eisenhower directly ordered the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of Congo. But the Americans were not alone Six months after achieving independence from Belgium, Congos first legally elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, was assassinated on 17 January 1961. The effects of that attempt at annihilation, sanctioned by the United States and carried out by the Belgians, continue to reverberate throughout the continent today as the scramble for Africa continues.

Product information

Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 224
ISBN 10 : 978-07969-2425-4
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2425-4
Publish Year : 2013
Rights : World Rights
Price R 210.00
Young  Families

Young Families
Gender, sexuality and care

2356

Young Families: Gender, Sexuality and Care draws together unique and compelling essays about the contexts of early childbearing, a topic that is now taken for granted. It draws on empirical data, multi-level approaches and inter-disciplinary perspectives on the dynamics that underpin young people’s experiences of being pregnant, having a child and caring for the child.

The book explores the contexts in which young families are constituted and shaped along with the kinds of social relationships and communities of care that early childbearing creates (or in some instances destroys). It shows the entanglement of gender, sexuality, race, age and class in the formation of young families and its effects on caring practices.

This book draws together unique and compelling accounts that address a gap in the existing literature on families in South Africa while also providing an understanding of the diversity of young South African families. Young Families will be of interest and of benefit to those in the fields of Women and Gender studies, Anthropology, Education, Sociology, History and Demography.

Product information

Format : 240mm x 168mm
Pages : 256
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2559-6
Publish Year : November 2017
Rights : World Rights
Price R 200.00
Bikopil

Biko
Philosophy, Identity and Liberation

2351

Biko was not only considered a ‘brilliant political theorist’, but is also considered ‘a formidable and articulate philosopher’. Biko was not simply and merely a philosopher in the manner in which Immanuel Kant was a philosopher, but a philosopher of a special kind, an important Africana existential philosopher. From Biko’s writings, speeches and interviews, Mabogo More’s view is that, philosophy is not a disembodied system of ideas nor is it a mechanical reflection about the world; rather, it is a way of existing and acting. To be a philosopher, especially an Africana existential philosopher, is not just to hold certain views, it is a way of perceiving and a way of being in the world, what Biko himself describes as ‘a way of life’. This important perspective on Biko would be of value to many Africana philosophers of existence, African philosophers, political and social thinkers, social scientists, psychologists, cultural critics, political activists, students, critical race theorists and anyone interested in the ideas that Biko presents.

Product information

Format : 235mm x 168mm
Pages : 320
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2571-8
Publish Year : September 2017
Rights : World Rights
Price R 220.00

Voices of Liberation
Thomas Sankara

2362

Sankara’s legacy, unclear as it may be, still lives and he remains immensely popular. If you travel through Africa his image is unmistakable. His picture, with beret and broad grin, is pasted on run-down taxis and is found on the walls of local bars. Internationally Sankara is often referred to as the ‘African Che Guevara’ and like his South American counterpart; it is his perseverance, dedication and incorruptibility that appeal to the imagination.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 288
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2517-6
Publish Year : March 2017
Rights : World Rights
Price R 280.00