Accountable Government in Africa

Perspectives from Public Law and Political Studies

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A number of leading experts in the fields of public law, political science and democratization studies contributed to this book to identify ways of making African governments accountable and describe the extent to which these mechanisms work in practice. It presents new knowledge about legal and political developments in a number of African countries that are relevant to the policy goal of developing and deepening democratic governance and accountable government on the continent. This book is of interest to academics, students and practitioners in the fields of public law, public administration, political studies and African studies.



Post-apartheid accountability: The transformation of a political idea

Practices of accountability, however sporadic or unsystematic, have existed in some form or other in almost every political system since the ancient Greek polis. The vast majority of those accounting for their use of power and resources over the centuries and around the globe have been providing their account to those in positions of greater power. That is likely still the case today. But there has also been a long history of those in power being accountable to those they govern.


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