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1st Edition

The Constitution and Governance in Cameroon

ISBN 9780367627324
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a systematic analysis of the major structural and institutional governance mechanisms in Cameroon, critically analysing the constitutional and legislative texts on Cameroon’s semi-presidential system, the electoral system, the legislature, the judiciary, the Constitutional Council and the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms.

The author offers an assessment of the practical application of the laws regulating constitutional institutions and how they impact on governance. To lay the groundwork for the analysis, the book examines the historical, constitutional and political context of governance in Cameroon, from independence and reunification in 1960–1961, through the adoption of the 1996 Constitution, to more recent events including the current Anglophone crisis. Offering novel insights on new institutions such as the Senate and the Constitutional Council and their contribution to the democratic advancement of Cameroon, the book also provides the first critical assessment of the legislative provisions carving out a special autonomy status for the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon and considers how far these provisions go to resolve the Anglophone Problem.

This book will be of interest to scholars of public law, legal history and African politics.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license



Table of Contents

Introduction  1. A history of the constitution and governance in cameroon  2. Executive power in the context of semi-presidentialism  3. The electoral system and the legislature  4. The judiciary, judicial independence and power  5. The Constitutional Council and democratic advancement  6. Managing diversity: the Anglophone struggle for self-determination  7. The protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms  Conclusion

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Laura-Stella E. Enonchong is a Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, UK.