African Perspectives on Governance

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Göran Hydén, Dele Olowu, H. W. O. Okoth-Ogendo
Africa World Press, 2000 - Political Science - 323 pages
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This book brings together the views of a group of East and West African scholars on a range of issues relating to how African countries are being governed. In contrast to most other publications on governance, which tend to reflect primarily the views of the international donor community, this book provides a refreshing African perspective on these issues. It is critical in its approach but the authors speak with authority based on both personal experience and research on the African continent.

The book addresses such aspects of governance as:
-- human rights
-- the freedom of the media
-- the role of intellectuals
-- the place of local government in national politics
-- women in politics
-- the significance of constitutionalism, and
-- ethnic pluralism.

Each subject is covered comparatively with reference to both East and West Africa.

This book lends itself to courses on African politics or more general education courses on African development issues. It should also be of relevance to analysts of African governance and development in governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.

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Goran Hyden is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. His publications include Governance and Politics in Africa (co-edited with Michael Bratton, 1992), Agencies in Foreign Aid (co-edited with Rwekaza Mukandala, 1997), Making Sense of Governance (co-authored with Julius Court and Kenneth Mease, 2004) and Making the State Responsive (co-edited with John Samuel, 2011). He is a past president of the African Studies Association and has served as a consultant on African development to many international agencies.

Dele Olowu teaches at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague, Netherlands.

Ogendo is professor of Public Law at the University of Nairobi and Chairman of the National Population and Development Council, Nairobi, Kenya.

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