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Vol 23 No 1 Jan/Feb 2018

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Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth

ISBN13: 9780521118293
Published: October 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2004)
Price: £35.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521584647

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The central role that good, effective and capable governance plays in the economic and social development of a country is now widely recognised. Using the Commonwealth countries of eastern and southern Africa, this book analyses some of the key constitutional issues in the process of developing, strengthening and consolidating the capacity of states to ensure the good governance of their peoples.

Utilising comparative material, the book seeks to draw lessons, both positive and negative, about the problems of constitutionalism in the region and, in doing so, critically addresses the legal issues involved in seeking to make 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

Constitutional and Administrative Law
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