African State Governance: Subnational Politics and National by A. Carl LeVan

By A. Carl LeVan

Africa is altering and one can put out of your mind how decentralization, democratization, and new types of illiberalism have remodeled federalism, political events, and native politics. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa support fill a huge hole in comparative institutional learn approximately country and native politics in Africa.

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Though it is not unique among federal systems (Watts 1999), Nigeria’s states also lack their own constitutions. 18 African State Governance Fashagba then draws upon questionnaires and key informant interviews to argue that state legislators face both direct and indirect interference (or intimidation) that weakens their incentives to challenge governors or the party – often at the expense of their constituents. He provides four different sources of interference with state legislators. First, governors, through ties to the national government and political parties, control an array of political patronage, including political appointments and access to contracts through the procurement process.

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