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.



Judicial review of parliamentary actions in South Africa: A nuanced interpretation of the separation of powers

This chapter describes the ways in which the judiciary in South Africa monitors and regulates parliamentary actions according to the prescripts of the Constitution. After briefly addressing the background and current constitutional provisions regulating this area of the law, the chapter discusses the cases which are paradigmatic of the current judicial approach to reviewing parliamentary conduct. It sketches the active yet careful role the judiciary has developed, addresses the limits of judicial intervention and highlights the nuanced interpretation of the doctrine of the separation of powers that characterises the case law on this matter.


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