Political Change and Constitutionalism in Africa examines the complexities of government and obstacles facing constitutional democracy in transitional African societies.
The chapters provide a critical, conceptual framework to probe, interpret and understand the dimensions of current and impending challenges to constitutional government in the African continent. The contributors explain why deep inequalities and harsh repression persist in most transitional African countries, despite constitutionally guaranteed rights and the ongoing, practical efforts to expand participation through political liberalization. The book demonstrates the importance of sustaining in public confidence in democracy and provides provocative ideas about how to deal with new, prodigious configurations of power that are stubbornly resisting real institutional change.
Political Change and Constitutionalism in Africa will be of interest to scholars of African politics and constitutional politics.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Essence of Political Change
Part 1: Constitutionalism in Theory and Practice
1. Constitutionalism as The Striving for Good Government
Part 2: Constitutional Treatment of Women's Human Rights
2. Religious Components of Sudanese Constitutions: Implications for Women's Humans Rights
Asma Abdel Halim
3. Constitutionalzation Of Women's Rights in Uganda: Questions of Democratic Equality
4. Gender Issues in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana: Inroads on Inclusiveness
Part 3: Histories of Unyielding Struggles for Freedom
5. Comparative History of Constitutionalism and Constitutional Government in Cameroon: A Template
6. Personalization of Power and Instability in Guinea Bissau: Requiem for The Rule of Law?
7. Democracy and Empire in Africa: Post Colonial Challenge
8. Symbolic Regionalism and European Governance: Why Africa Is Different
Okon Akiba is Professor of Comparative and International Politics at York University, Toronto, Canada.