The African continent exceeds in size and natural resources the combined territories of Europe, the United States and China. Yet most Africans must struggle for bare survival. The authors of this book s chapters describe different African countries experiences, underscoring the need to use law to transform Africa s inherited institutions. Chapter 2 outlines institutionalist legislative theory and methodology as a guide for designing laws to achieve good governance and people-oriented development. Raymond Atuguba describes how, for almost half a century after independence, Ghana s police force still mainly buttressed elite state power. Atuguba and his colleagues, working through the Legal Resources Centre, eventually hope to propose legislation to promote all Ghanaians welfare. Teodosio Uate s chapter demonstrates how, despite a 1997 law calling for citizen engagement in environmental protection, the inherited drafting system had thwarted the drafters attempts to prescribe clearly and precisely what officials must do to realize popular participation. Neva Makgetla describes South Africa s post-apartheid governmental efforts to restructure the massive inequalities imposed by the preceding regime. Inherited administrative institutions too often excluded from decision-making the new government s core constituencies the working people, the unemployed, and the poor in general Lucian Ng andwe justifies his proposed law to establish a Zambian Commission on Law and National Integrated Development. That Commission would conduct research and design and submit bills, accompanied by reports of the facts logically-organized, to demonstrate, that those bills detailed provisions would facilitate transformation of the inherited institutions that today perpetuate Zambia s poverty, vulnerability and poor governance. Christopher Annear s study of the Luapula fishing industry, adjacent to Zambia s Copper Belt, illustrates the detailed evidence available to.
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Africa World Press; 1st edition (October 31, 2006)
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