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
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- Introduction: The Changing Governance Role of African Parliaments
- Parliaments, Politics, and Governance: African Democracies in Comparative Perspective
- Legislative Quotas for Women: Implications for Governance in Africa
Aili Mari Tripp
- Local Assemblies and Local Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa
- Citizen's Support for Legislature and Democratic Consolidation: A Comparative Study with Special Focus on Mali
- Evolution of Parliament-Executive Relations in Zambia Jotham
- Longitudinal View on Ghana's Parliamentary Practices
- People, Party, Politics, and Parliament: Government and Governance in Namibia
- Parliament and Dominant Party System in Ethiopia
- Parliament as Machinery for Political System Control: The Inner Workings of Bunge, Tanzania
- A Decade of Legislature-Executive Squabble in Malawi, 1994-2004
Boniface Dulani and Jan Kees van Donge
- The South African Parliament's Failed Moment