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By A. Carl LeVan

Africa is altering and one could fail to remember how decentralization, democratization, and new different types of illiberalism have reworked federalism, political events, and native politics. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa aid fill an immense hole in comparative institutional learn approximately nation and native politics in Africa.

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Constituent Development Funds, once hailed by donors as innovative tools for improving resource distribution across the nation, in many cases have apparently become slush funds controlled by national legislators who use them to influence county politics. ‘Devolution was embroiled in sheer vanity,’ Shilaho argues. ’ It is also unclear whether the new counties will increase social cohesion since the country was so regionally divided on how much power to devolve to them. Kalenjin and ethnic groups on the coast supported local control or majimbo as a safeguard against domination by ethnic Kikuyu.

Are state governments seeing the same kind of cracks within political parties in states as those experienced at the national level? Disagreement within the ranks has erupted in Lagos, Ekiti, Anambra, Plateau, Sokoto, Oyo, Osun, Bayelsa, and Kano states. Governors of Oyo, Ekiti, and Bayelsa were impeached. But most governors subjected to impeachment attempts not only survived, with the support and interference of the presidency, they often went on to engineer the impeachment of the leadership of the state assembly.

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