African State Governance

African State Governance

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This book offers a comprehensive picture of state and local legislative politics in Africa and a detailed examination of formal and informal political authority in the states, provinces and counties. It considers the pace and nature of change of African federalism is changing - identifying a variety of subnational institutions emerging as centres of policy control - and asks the key questions: how do state legislatures affect the balance of power between governors and the national executive? What influences state-level budgetary control? Given recent decentralization and various political reforms, what is a state legislature? How will Africa's new oil discoveries impact distributive politics? The book explores how executive-legislative relations often differ across levels of government, even where the party system otherwise seems similar, and argues that these differences are not simply the result of limited resources or experience, but due to misaligned institutional incentives. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa fill an important gap in comparative institutional research about state and local politics, and consider how identified trends could lead either to the promotion of democratic reform a€“ or the consolidation of illiberal local politicians and 'godfathers' in Africa.MCAs borrowed a leaf from MPs who gained notoriety for the arbitrary selfaward of salaries, emoluments, and severance benefits. ... County governments increased the number of employees in the civil service. ... 14 relied on user fees while the remaining collected revenues from property rates (Daily Nation, 23 June 2014).

Title:African State Governance
Author:A. Carl LeVan, Joseph Olayinka Fashagba, Edward R. McMahon
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-07-29


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