Kenya : the struggle for a new constitutional order

Medarbetare: Sjögren, Anders | Murung'a, Godwin | Okello, Duncan
Utgivare: London ; Uppsala : Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2014
Ämnesord: Constitutionalism, Kenya, politics, constitutions, elections, Political science, Statsvetenskap
<p>CONTENTS: Part One: Contexts and actors in the making of a new constitution -- 1. The protracted transitions to the Second Republic in Kenya - Paul Tiyambe Zeleza -- 2. Fuelling the violence: the print media in Kenya's volatile 2007 post-election violence - Sammy Gakero Gachigua -- 3. Mediating Kenya's post-election violence: from a peace-making to a constitutional moment - E. Njoki Wamai -- 4. Instrumentalism and constitution-making in Kenya: triumphs, challenges and opportunities beyond the 2013 elections - Raymond Muhula and Stephen Ndegwa -- 5. Revisiting 'the two faces of civil society' in constitutional reform in Kenya - Wanjala S. Nasong'o -- Part Two: The content, challenges and opportunities of a new constitutional order -- 6. Constitutions and constitutionalism: the fate of the 2010 Constitution - Yash Pal Ghai -- 7. Elite compromises and the content of the 2010 constitution - Godwin R. Murunga -- 8. Security and human rights in the new constitutional order in Kenya - Mutuma Ruteere</p>

Democratic Governance and Accountability in Africa : In Search of a Workable Framework

Upphovsperson: Olukoshi, Adebayo O.
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation | Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2011
Ämnesord: Africa, political development, Democratization, Political pluralism, political reform, democracy, Governance, Institutional framework, constitutions, Political science, Statsvetenskap
This Discussion Paper provides a thought-provoking and radical intervention into the ongoing debates on democratic governance and accountability in Africa. The author undertakes a critical overview of the discourse on democratisation in Africa and notes that democracy on the continent cannot be fully understood on the basis of the ways in which electoral pluralism has played out in the last 20 years. The paper critiques mainstream explanations and points out their shortcomings. It goes on to make a compelling case for an alternative framework based on historically informed dialectical analysis of everyday democracy and struggles for democracy in Africa. Noting that no two democracies are exactly the same, the paper advocates the need for democracy in Africa to be studied on its own terms, and in a way that facilitates taking the African experience into the global arena to produce a truly comparative theory of democratisation on a world scale. The paper is essential reading for all those interested in the history, present and future of democracy in Africa.

The succession of Faure Gnassingbe to the Togolese presidency : an international law perspective

Upphovsperson: Ebeku, Kaniye S. A.
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2005
Ämnesord: Presidency, Heads of state, inheritance, elections, democracy, constitutions, international law, Togo, Political science, Statsvetenskap
The African renaissance - the renewal of the continent - effectively started in the last decade of the second millennium. A critical element is the increasing and widespread democratic awakening in all parts of Africa since the early 1990s as evidenced by the number of multi-party elections. Demonstrating their commitment to democracy, African leaders, under the auspices of regional organizations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), have increasingly made a number of treaties, declarations and other political commitments in the field of democracy and good governance (including the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Declaration on Africa’s Response to Unconstitutional Changes of Government). Significantly, the recent politico-constitutional crisis in Togo, occasioned by the sudden death of President Gnassingbe Eyadema in early February 2005, after he had ruled the country with an iron-fist for 38 years, and the interim succession of his son, Faure Gnassingbe, to the presidency, raised issues of democracy and good governance and provided an opportunity for African countries to test the effectiveness of the various democracy-related instruments. Adopting a legal-jurisprudential perspective, the author skillfully examines the contradictions between the regional-international legal instruments that permit interference in the internal affairs of a Member State of ECOWAS and AU and the principles of international law that provide for sovereign equality of States and non-interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign State. Undoubtedly, this work will interest scholars, students and researchers in international law, international politics and international relations as well as general readers, especially those interested in African affairs. CONTENT Introduction Politico-Constitutional Antecedents of the Recent Developments Regional Instruments on Democratic Principles in Africa Some Basic Principles of International Law: In a Nutshell Faure’s Succession: Validity of the Removal of Fambare Ouattara Natchaba from Office Faure’s Succession and Legality of Constitutional Amendment Faure’s Succession and the Doctrine of State Necessity Faure’s Succession and Regional Instruments on Democracy and Good Governance Concluding Remarks References