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Comparative constitutionalism by John Hatchard, Muna Ndulo, Peter Slinn

By John Hatchard, Muna Ndulo, Peter Slinn

The principal position that powerful governance performs within the monetary and social improvement of a rustic is well known. utilizing the instance of the Commonwealth nations of jap and southern Africa, this ebook analyzes the most important matters within the means of constructing, strengthening and consolidating the state's ability to make sure the potent governance of its peoples. The ebook attracts cognizance to the issues of constitutionalism and significantly addresses criminal matters considering making constitutions "work" in perform.

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W. O. Okoth-Ogendo, ‘Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa’, in K. Ginther, E. Denters and P. ) Sustainable Development and Good Governance, Dordrecht, Kluwer, 1995, p. 107. World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa: from Crisis to Sustainable Growth, Washington, DC, World Bank 1989, pp. 60 and xii. See also Peter Slinn, ‘Constitutional orders and sustainable development: the Southern African experience and prospects’, in Ginther, Denters and de Waart Sustainable Development, p. 165. 7 Our collective expertise lies in these countries and we have all taught comparative constitutional law in diverse places.

In 1960, Ghana became a republic, the Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, assuming office as executive president. Nigeria retained the Queen as head of state at independence in 1960, but became a republic in 1963 with a non-executive president. constitutions and search for a viable political order 17 Kenyan government, now led by Jomo Kenyatta as Prime Minister under a constitution providing for internal self government, wished to retain the Queen as Head of State after independence. The assumption on the British side was that Kenya would become a republic, soon to be merged into a federal republic of East Africa, consisting of Kenya, Tanganyika (which was already a republic after retaining the Queen for one year) and Uganda (which was about to follow suit in adopting a republican status).

In 1996 alone fourteen of the fifty-three countries of Africa were afflicted by armed conflicts, accounting for more than half of all war-related deaths worldwide and resulting in more than 8 million refugees, returnees and displaced persons. See United Nations, Secretary-General’s Report to the United Nations Security Council, New York, United Nations, September 1998. See also Ted Robert Gurr and Barbara Harff, Ethnic Conflict in World Politics, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 1994, at 13. However, Africa also suffers from the fact that the image of the continent is poor even in areas such as corruption where the actual situation is perhaps better than that prevailing in some other regions.

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