This edited volume brings together critical insights that address the multifaceted problems of governance and democracy in the developing regions with specific reference to Africa. It explores both the externally prescribed and home-grown governance initiatives geared toward democracy and development, and suggests alternative strategies to improve the processes and institutions of governance. The chapters in the book deal with major concerns related to governance, including the strengths and limits of existing policies and practices and the structure and role of state and non-state institutions in promoting democracy and participation. All these issues, in general, have great significance for realizing an authentic and enduring mode of democratic governance in the developing world.
Table of Contents
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
Chapter 1: Rethinking Governance and Democracy in Developing Countries: Looking Back, Moving Forward (M. Shamsul Haque, Anastase Shyaka, and Gedeon M. Mudacumura)
PART I: PERSPECTIVES ON PUBLIC GOVERNANCE: REGIONAL SCENARIOS
Chapter 2: Neoliberal Restructuring of Public Governance: Impacts of the NPM Model on Democracy in Asia, Africa and Latin America (M. Shamsul Haque)
Chapter 3: Understanding Africa’s Governance Structures and Its Economic Growth Performance: Past, Present, and Future (Oluwole Owoye and Olugbenga A. Onafowora)
Chapter 4: Reshaping Economic and Political Governance: Role of the BRICS (Asha Gupta)
PART II: POLITICS, DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
Chapter 5: The Arab Spring and Democratic Processes in North Africa: Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa (Chris M. A. Kwaja)
Chapter 6: Girardin’s “Ethical Hexagon”: Democratic Governance and the Role of Ethics in Politics and Public Service (Denis Venter)
Chapter 7: Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability in Rwanda: The role of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) (Félicien Usengumukiza, Jean Paul Munyandamutsa and Esperance Nshutiraguma)
Chapter 8: The New South Africa’s Democratic Governance Complexities (Boyie Sabelo Dlamini)
PART III: DECENTRALIZATION AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE
Chapter 9: Making Local Government More “Local”: Strategies for successful Decentralization in Transitional Countries (Jyldyz Kasymova, Marco Aurelio M. Ferreira, and Tia Shere`e Gaynor)
Chapter 10: Challenges Faced in the Delivery of Public Services in Uganda’s Local Governments (Kalanzi William)
Chapter 11: Civic Governance and Engagement in Quest of Democracy in Uganda (Prince Karakire Guma)
Chapter 12: Fighting Corrupt Practices in the Local Government Authorities in Tanzania: The Role of the National Audit Office (Japhace Poncian)
PART IV: INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES AND GOVERNANCE
Chapter 13: Home Grown Solutions: Key Drivers of Development Process in Rwanda (Florence Mutesi and Prince H. Kayigire)
Chapter 14: Understanding SMEs in Peace-building: Lessons from Kenya (Caleb Wafula)
Chapter 15: Electoral Adjudication in Africa’s Democratic Process: A Prerequisite for Electoral Justice (Lydia A. Nkansah)
M. Shamsul Haque, PhD, is Professor at the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Anastase Shyaka, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Kigali, Rwanda.
Gedeon M. Mudacumura, PhD, is Professor at the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, USA.