The central role that effective governance plays in the economic and social development of a country is widely recognized. Using the example of the Commonwealth countries of eastern and southern Africa, this book analyzes the key issues in the process of developing, strengthening and consolidating the state's capacity to ensure the effective governance of its peoples. The book draws attention to the problems of constitutionalism and critically addresses legal issues involved in making 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
"...the present book represents a truly impressive intellectual exercise, and can serve as roadmap for considerations regarding future constitutional development in emerging democracies. This work should receive serious study by scholars and practitioners who are interested in democratization, not only in anglophone Africa, but more broadly, in nations that are seeking to wean themselves from authoritarian rule and develop lasting representative institutions of governance." - The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Edward McMahon, University of Vermont
"A very good contribution to the literature is Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth...this book is an important contribution to the field of constitutionalism and will be useful to a wide audience, including those in politics, law, government, and African studies." H-Net, Penelope Andrews, School of Law, City University of New York
"This book makes an important contribution to the burgeoning field of comparative constitutionalism...the book insightfully and straightforwardly captures the complexity of the challenges of democratization in the region."
James Thuo Gathii, Albany Law School, I-Con