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

By A. Carl LeVan

Africa is altering and you may put out of your mind how decentralization, democratization, and new kinds of illiberalism have reworked federalism, political events, and native politics. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa aid fill a massive hole in comparative institutional learn approximately nation and native politics in Africa.

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The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) makes these policies and enforces their implementation. It tolerates little dissent and it fuses party and state, like other former liberation movements-turned political parties in Africa (Lebas 2011). It is difficult to distinguish the EPRDF from the military, security services, the bureaucracy, or the parliament; even the media are monopolized by the EPRDF. An inner nucleus manages Peoples’ Democratic Organizations, through local state organs, lower-level administrative apparatuses (the woreda council and kebele), and regional legislatures.

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She then hones in on an important attitudinal gap: Africans believe that ‘representing the people’ is an elected official’s most important responsibility, but only 16 percent say their legislators listen to them. In fact, Nigeria ranked at the bottom of 20 countries in 2008 for the perceived responsiveness of local governments (Bratton 2010a). Given this gap between preferences for responsive legislators and their performance, Elemo asks, under what conditions are African legislators most likely to represent constituents’ interests?

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