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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

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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.

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