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Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth

Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth
An Eastern and Southern African Perspective

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  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521584647

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  • 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.

    • Considers key constitutional problems affecting Commonwealth African countries
    • Comparative study of Commonwealth countries in eastern and southern Africa
    • Contributes to the debate on the promotion and protection of good governance
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    "...the present book represents a truly impressive intellectual exercise, and can serve as roadmap for considerations regarding future constitutional development in emerging democracies. This work should receive serious study by scholars and practitioners who are interested in democratization, not only in anglophone Africa, but more broadly, in nations that are seeking to wean themselves from authoritarian rule and develop lasting representative institutions of governance." - The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Edward McMahon, University of Vermont

    "A very good contribution to the literature is Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth...this book is an important contribution to the field of constitutionalism and will be useful to a wide audience, including those in politics, law, government, and African studies." H-Net, Penelope Andrews, School of Law, City University of New York

    "This book makes an important contribution to the burgeoning field of comparative constitutionalism...the book insightfully and straightforwardly captures the complexity of the challenges of democratization in the region."
    James Thuo Gathii, Albany Law School, I-Con

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521584647
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of cases
    List of constitutions
    List of statutes
    List of other instruments
    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

  • Authors

    John Hatchard, The Open University, Milton Keynes

    Muna Ndulo, Cornell University, New York

    Peter Slinn, University of London

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