Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth: An Eastern and Southern African Perspectiveby John Hatchard, Muna Ndulo, Peter Slinn
Pub. Date: 10/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The central role that effective governance plays in the economic and social development of a country is widely recognized. Using the example of the Commonwealth countries of eastern and southern Africa, this book analyzes the key issues in the process of developing, strengthening and consolidating the state's capacity to ensure the effective governance of its peoples. The book draws attention to the problems of constitutionalism and critically addresses legal issues involved in making constitutions "work" in practice.
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Table of ContentsPreface; List of cases; List of constitutions; List of statutes; List of other instruments; Map; Introduction; 1. The democratic state in Africa: setting the scene; 2. Constitutions and the search for a viable political order; 3. Devising popular and durable national constitutions: the new constitutions of the 1990s; 4. Perfecting imperfections: amending a constitution; 5. Presidentialism and restraints upon executive power; 6. Enhancing access to the political system; 7. Making legislatures effective; 8. The judiciary and the protection of constitutional rights; 9. The devolution of power to local communities; 10. Developing autochthonous oversight bodies: human rights commissions and offices of the ombudsman; 11. Seeking constitutional control of the military; 12. Constitutionalism and emergency powers; 13. Constitutional governance: the lessons from southern and eastern experience; Bibliography; Index.
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