Protecting Minority Rights in African Countries : A Constitutional Political Economy Approach.
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.
1 online resource (364 pages)
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Front Matter; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations and acronyms; 1. General introduction: issues in Africa's efforts to protect the rights of minority groups; 2. The historical foundations of the problem; 3. The critical domains in the post-independence period; 4. Confronting poverty and underdevelopment in Africa today; 5. Why process is important in constitutional design; 6. Process-driven constitutional design, legitimacy and minority; 7. Process-driven constitutional design, legitimacy and minority rights: the constitution-making process. 8. The importance of legitimacy for compliance and constitutional maintenance in Africa9. Enhancing the protection of minority rights in Africa: lessons from US constitutional practice; 10. Thinking of political democracy; 11. Comparative constitutional law and the management of ethnocultural diversity; 12. Enhancing the protection of minority rights in Africa: consociational democracy; 13. Polyarchy, participation and minority rights in Africa; 14. Governance and group-differentiated citizenship in the African countries. 15. Constitutional design, constitutionalism and the protection of minority rights in Africa: the way forwardReferences; Index.
In this enlightening book, John Mukum Mbaku analyses the main challenges of constitutional design and the construction of governance institutions in Africa today. He argues that the central issues are: providing each country with a constitutional order that is capable of successfully managing sectarian conflict and enhancing peaceful coexistence; protecting the rights of citizens - including those of minorities; minimizing the monopolization of political space by the majority (to the detriment of minorities); and, effectively preventing government impunity.
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Print version: Mbaku, John M. Protecting Minority Rights in African Countries : A Constitutional Political Economy Approach Cheltenham, Gloucestershire : Edward Elgar Publishing,c2018