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Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth : An Eastern and Southern African Perspective - John Hatchard

Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth

An Eastern and Southern African Perspective


Published: 22nd April 2009
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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.

' ... an important contribution to the burgeoning field of comparative constitutionalism by bringing discussions of democracy in Commonwealth Africa into focus ... this book offers tremendous insights for policy makers and students of African law and politics ... the book insightfully and straightforwardly captures the complexity of the challenges of democratisation in the region.' International Journal of Constitutional Law

List of cases
List of constitutions
List of statutes
List of other instruments
The democratic state in Africa: setting the scene
Constitutions and the search for a viable political order
Devising popular and durable national constitutions: the new constitutions of the 1990s
Perfecting imperfections: amending a constitution
Presidentialism and restraints upon executive power
Enhancing access to the political system
Making legislatures effective
The judiciary and the protection of constitutional rights
The devolution of power to local communities
Developing autochthonous oversight bodies: human rights commissions and offices of the ombudsman
Seeking constitutional control of the military
Constitutionalism and emergency powers
Constitutional governance: the lessons from southern and eastern experience
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ISBN: 9780521118293
ISBN-10: 0521118298
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 22nd April 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.184
Weight (kg): 0.567