Traditional authorities in Africa [electronic resource] : resurgence in an era of democratisation / Janine Ubink.
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- [Amsterdam] : Leiden University Press, 2008.
- Law, governance, and development. Research.
Law, governance, and development. Research & policy notes
1 online resource (39 pages)
- Chiefdoms -- Africa.
Tribal government -- Africa.
Africa -- Politics and government -- 1960-.
- Electronic books.
- Text in English
- Traditional authority is a distinguishing feature in the landscape of contemporary Africa. It remains important in organising the life of the people at the local level despite modern state structures. And since the 1990's, African governments, international institutions and donor organisations have shown a renewed interest in it. As a result, a large number of African countries have enhanced or formalised the position of their chiefs. At the same time, however, this resurgence of traditional authority coincides with the wave of democratisation across sub- Saharan Africa, and many question the desirability and legitimacy of traditional authority in modern forms of governance.
1. What are Traditional Authorities
2. The Changing Attitude of African Governments
3. Explaining the Renewed Interest in Traditional Authorities
4. The Current Position of Traditional Authorities
5. Traditional Governance in an Era of Democratisation.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -38).
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