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Justiciability of Political Questions in South Africa: A Comparative Analysis


ISBN13: 9789462369184
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Eleven International Publishing
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Paperback
Price: £73.00



Against the backdrop of the increase in the number of cases brought before courts that raise purely political questions, this book advocates for the development of a coherent political question doctrine in South Africa. Through a comparative study of the doctrine’s application in the United States, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria, Mhango argues that the political question doctrine is an appropriate legal mechanism through which South Africa can address this problem. From a comparative perspective, Mhango evaluates the origins and current application of the doctrine in the four countries above and illustrates that their experiences present an opportunity for courts to develop and apply a clear doctrine for South Africa. Mhango contends that at the heart of this development sits the principle of separation of powers, and the imperative to balance the conflict between the principle of judicial review and that of democratic self-government.

Justiciability of Political Questions in South Africa: A Comparative Analysis is of interest to academics in political science and constitutional law.