African State Governance: Subnational Politics and National by A. Carl LeVan

By A. Carl LeVan

Africa is altering and you possibly can put out of your mind how decentralization, democratization, and new sorts of illiberalism have reworked federalism, political events, and native politics. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa aid fill a major hole in comparative institutional learn approximately country and native politics in Africa.

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In sum, the end of white minority rule has generated a more fragmented democratic revolution than previously recognized. Taken together, the chapters here identify some of the new horizons of federalism and decentralization in contemporary Africa, bringing innovations – from Nigeria’s revenue allocation to Kenya’s Constituency Development Funds – into mainstream comparative analyses of institutions. The authors further engage core debates over formality and informality, but bring fresh ideas to an old dichotomy by bringing in discursive analysis and other novel approaches.

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