The book addresses such aspects of governance as:
-- human rights
-- the freedom of the media
-- the role of intellectuals
-- the place of local government in national politics
-- women in politics
-- the significance of constitutionalism, and
-- ethnic pluralism.
Each subject is covered comparatively with reference to both East and West Africa.
This book lends itself to courses on African politics or more general education courses on African development issues. It should also be of relevance to analysts of African governance and development in governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.