Stellenbosch handbooks in African constitutional law.
This collection of essays assesses the efforts of African governments to constitutionalise decentralisation, be it in the form of federalism, local government or traditional authorities. Since the end of the Cold War jurisdictions across Africa have witnessed an ostensible return to multi-party democracy within the paradigm of constitutionalism and the rule of law. Linked to the democratisation process, many countries took steps to decentralize power by departing from the heavily centralized systems inherited from colonial regimes. The centralization of power, typically characterized by the personalization and concentration of power in the hands of leaders and privileged elites in capital cities, mostly resulted in repressive regimes and fragile states. As decentralisation is a response to these challenges, this volume analyses the dynamic relationship between the efforts to implement decentralization and presence or absence of constitutionalism. 0This volume examines a variety of forms and degrees of decentralization found across Africa. It advances a new understanding of trends and patterns and facilitates the exchange of ideas among African governments and scholars about the critical role that decentralisation may play in democratization of and constitutionalism in Africa.
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PART I: INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW 1 The Relationship between Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Africa: Concepts, Conflicts, and Hypotheses 2 Ethnicity, Decentralisation, and Constitutionalism: A Comparative Perspective 3 Regional and Continental Frameworks for Decentralisation in Africa: The African Charter on Decentralisation PART II: FEDERAL AND HYBRID FEDERAL SYSTEMS IN AFRICA4 Constitutional Infidelity and Federalism in Nigeria 5 A Federation without Federal Credentials: The Story of Federalism in a Dominant-party State 6 The Dynamic Relationship between Devolution and Constitutionalism in South Africa 7 Regionalism under the Congolese Constitution of 18 February 2006: Progress and Challenges 8 Implementation of Devolution under Kenya's 2010 Constitution: Political Resistance and the Struggle for the Ideals of Constitutionalism 9 Constitutionalism: The Missing Element in South Sudan's Elusive Quest for Peace through Federalism? PART III: DECENTRALISATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AND CONSTITUTIONALISM 10 Constitutionalisation of Local and Regional Government in Lesotho, South Africa, and Uganda 11 Decentralisation for Participatory Governance under Ghana's 1992 Constitution: The Rhetoric and the Reality 12 Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Zimbabwe: Can the Leviathan be Tamed? 13 Cameroon and the Anomalies of Decentralisation with a Centralist Mindset 14 Decentralised Territorial Entities and Promotion of Local Governance under the Constitution of 18 February 2006 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 15 The Concept and Implementation of 'Gradual Decentralisation' in Mozambique 16 Progress and Pitfalls in Constitutional Reform: Decentralisation in the Wake of the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia 17 Sub-national Constitutional Autonomy, Local Government, and Constitutionalism in Ethiopia PART IV: TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND DECENTRALISATION 18 Constitutionalisation of Traditional Authorities and the Decentralisation of Governance: Anglophone and Francophone Africa Compared 19 Mapping Traditional Leadership and Authority in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Traditional Governance 20 The Tinkhundla Decentralisation System: Is this a Blend of Traditional and Modern State Governance that Works? PART V: GENERAL CONCLUSION 21 The Symbiotic Relationship between Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Africa.
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Online version: Decentralization and Constitutionalism in Africa. Oxford : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019.