African State Governance

Subnational Politics and National Power

Editors: LeVan, A. Carl, Olayinka Fashagba, Joseph, McMahon, Edward R. (Eds.)

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Africa is changing and it is easy to overlook how decentralization, democratization, and new forms of illiberalism have transformed federalism, political parties, and local politics. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa help fill an important gap in comparative institutional research about state and local politics in Africa.

About the authors

Yahaya Baba, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria Olufunmbi 'Funmbi' M. Elemo, Michigan State University, USA Joseph Olayinka Fashagba, Landmark University, Omu Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria Solomon Gofie, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia A. Carl LeVan, American University, Washington, D.C, USA Majuta J. Mamogale, Limpopo Provincial Legislature, Limpopo Province, South Africa Edward E. McMahon, University of Vermont, USA Westen Kwatemba Shilaho, University of Johannesburg, South Africa Rotimi Suberu, Bennington College, Vermont, USA

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'This stimulating analysis of subnational politics across key states in sub-Saharan Africa provides an empirically nuanced and in-depth account of the policies and practices of devolution. The institutional focus takes seriously the congruence between national and subnational; formal and informal; party structure, fiscal federalism, judicial independence and the electoral system. Wrestling with challenging issues such as ethnic competition, the resource curse, and continued executive dominance, the authors place subnational governance in context to assess democratic development, representation, accountability and governance.' Rachel Beatty Riedl, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, USA

'The volume contains a collection of essays that uniformly contain a very rich harvest of cutting-edge research outcomes and insights in engaging prose on such issues and matters on the frontier of intellectual and policy considerations of the often difficult subject of the travails of representation in African governance. In this enterprise, the book has chosen to address a long-standing weakness in the relevant literature, namely, the relative silence on, and neglect of, sub-national legislatures and emerging and subsisting local arenas for policy engagement and policy making. It thus alerts us to the often difficult but equally exciting inter-penetrations between sub-national and national institutions and processes in the determination of the quantum and quality of governance and politics in the everyday life of Africans, majority of whom are locked up in the margins of their society and economy.Written and edited by established and emerging scholars in the mainstream of African(ist) scholarship, all united by fresh perspectives on the subject at hand,he book offers excellent fare for academics, students, policy practitioners and all those interested in coming to an unusually grounded, theoretically informed, and comparative understanding of African governance in the latter part of the second decade of the twenty first century.' Adigun Agbaje, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Subnational Legislative Politics and African Democratic Development

    LeVan, A. Carl

    Pages 1-27

  • Lessons in Fiscal Federalism for Africa’s New Oil Exporters

    Suberu, Rotimi T.

    Pages 31-57

  • Taxation and Determinants of Legislative Representation in Africa

    Elemo, Olufunmbi M.

    Pages 59-91

  • Subnational Legislatures and National Governing Institutions in Nigeria, 1999–2013

    Fashagba, Joseph Olayinka

    Pages 93-119

  • Executive Dominance, Party Control, and State Legislatures in Nigeria: Evidence from Three States in the Northwest Geopolitical Zone

    Baba, Yahaya T.

    Pages 121-144

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African State Governance
Book Subtitle
Subnational Politics and National Power
Editors
  • A. Carl LeVan
  • Joseph Olayinka Fashagba
  • Edward R. McMahon
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52334-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137523341
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52333-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 253
Topics