1st Edition

Political Transition and Inclusive Development in Malawi The democratic dividend

Edited By Dan Banik, Blessings Chinsinga Copyright 2016
    224 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Malawi is among the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that has witnessed significant improvements in relation to meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets. It exhibits some of the main challenges facing African democracies while they attempt to consolidate the benefits of democratisation.

    Political Transition and Inclusive Development in Malawi critically analyses opportunities and constraints related to the impact of democracy on development in one of the world’s poorest countries. The book explores how, and to what extent, processes related to democratic and economic governance can be strengthened in order to make political and administrative authorities more responsive to development needs. It also considers characteristics of successful implementation of public policy and the effective and timely delivery of basic services in local contexts; increased citizen participation and dialogue with local government authorities; factors that enable civil society organisations to hold political and administrative officials to account; and better utilisation of academic research for improved evidence-based policy formulation and implementation.

    This volume will be of great interest to scholars in development studies, African studies, politics, law and anthropology, as well as policymakers and those interested in democracy, governance, human rights and the implementation of anti-poverty programmes, development administration and decentralisation.

    1. Introduction Dan Banik and Blessings Chinsinga 

    Part I: Democratisation and Political Culture 

    2. Progress or Stagnation? 20 years of Democracy Boniface Dulani 

    3. Political Parties, Political Settlement and Development Kizito Tenthani and Blessings Chinsinga 

    4. The Judicialisation and Informalisation of Politics: Implications for Inclusive Development Fidelis Edge Kanyongolo 

    Part II: Governance and Policy Implementation 

    5. Politics and the Public Service Lewis B. Dzimbiri 

    6. The Political Economy of Fiscal Decentralisation: Implications for Local Governance and Public Service Delivery Asiyati Chiweza 

    7. Searching for a Holy Grail? The Nexus between Agriculture and Youth Unemployment Blessings Chinsinga and Michael Chasukwa 

    Part III: Activism, Aid and Accountability 

    8. Against All Odds: Parliamentary Oversight over a Dominant Executive Nandini Patel 

    9. The Impact of Emerging Donors on Development and Poverty Reduction Dan Banik and Michael Chasukwa 

    10. Women, Media and Culture in Democratic Malawi Happy Kayuni 

    11. Major Conclusions Dan Banik and Blessings Chinsinga


    Dan Banik is Professor of political science and Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway. He is also a Consulting Scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, USA.

    Blessings Chinsinga is Professor at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Malawi. He is also Deputy Director of the University of Malawi’s Centre for Social Research.