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.



Accountable governance and the role of national human rights institutions: The experience of the Malawi human rights commission

One of the novel features of the Constitutions adopted by African countries in the 1990s, in a flurry of democratic transitions, was the establishment of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) as a new and key mechanism for holding those in power accountable. Following this general trend, section 129 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi (Constitution) created the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC). The modalities for the operation of this body were subsequently set out in the Human Rights Commission Act (HRC Act).


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