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Legitimate Governance in Africa

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ISBN13: 9789041111760
ISBN: 904111176X
Published: February 2000
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £234.00



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Any attempt to address the ever-present problem of instability in Africa gives rise to questions regarding legitimate governance. Without future thinking and action on the legitimacy of governance in Africa and how to secure it, past mistakes will go unheeded rather than informing forward movement.;This coverage examines such key components in the struggle for legitimate governance as the role of the international community in addressing the problem, the particular role women can play and ways in which women can improve their involvement in the whole enterprise of governance, and the roles of non-governmental organizations and civil society.;In this collection of essays, a wide range of legal contributors, all familiar with the status of the struggle for legitimate governance in a specific institution or particular African state, brings unique perspectives to the investigation of legitimate governance in Africa. The individual authors have considered the complexities and subtleties of conducting and evaluating the business of African state governance, covering both the practical sustainability of potential approaches and theoretical problems and issues.

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Contents:
Part I legitimate governance in Africa: international and domestic legal perspectives - an introduction, E.K. Quashigah, O.C. Okafor; universality and the concept of governance in international law, A. Anghie. Part II jurisprudential and theoretical perspectives: legitimate governance - the pre-colonial African perspective, E.K. Quashigah; apolitical versus political feminism in Kenya - dilemma of the women's movement in Kenya, W. Muigai; the ideology of human rights - toward post liberal democracy?, M. wa Mutua; exploring the legal dimensions of political legitimacy - a rights approach to governance in Africa, P. Ocheje; the limits of the new international rule of law on governance, J. Thuo Gathii. Part III the perspectives of African women: towards legitimate governance in Africa - the case of affirmative action and parliamentary politics in Uganda, S. Tamale; rural women in Kenya and the legitimacy of human rights discourse and institutions, C. Itumbi Nyamu. Part IV domestic legal perspectives: the role of NGOs in the current democratic dispensation in Africa - the lessons of the Ghanaian experience, K. Appiagyei-Atua; the role of NGOs in the securement of legitimate governance in Africa - the lessons of the Nigerian experience, G. Ezejiofor. Part V international legal perspectives: legitimate governance under the African charter of human and peoples' rights, O. Aginam; statehood, territory, recognition and international law - their interrelationships, E. Yaw Benneh; self-determination as the basis of the concept of legitimate governance under the African charter on human and peoples' rights, I. Enemo; legitimate governance and statehood in Africa - beyond the failed state and colonial self-determination, R. Chinedu Ezetah; legitimate governance in Africa - the responsibility of the international community, E. Kofi Quashigah; the UN and the 1993 crisis of legitimate governance in Nigeria - a critical overview, O. Chinedu Okafor; international law, human rights, and the allegory of the Ogoni question, O. Chinedu Okafor. Part VI Conclusions: toward the enhancement of the relevance and effectiveness of the movement for legitimate governance in Africa, E. Kofi Quashigah, O. Chinedu Okafor; challenging legitimacy; K. Mickelson.