The state of Ghana’s local government system : the case of assembly members

Abstract: This paper discusses some of the weaknesses of Ghana’s local government system, in particular the issues affecting the local development operations of Assembly Members. Their many challenges require national civic education and constitutional amendments to address. Author(s): Adusei-Asante, Kwadwo Source(s): , Inkanyiso : journal of humanities and social sciences; Vol. 4, No. 2 p.…

Women in search of citizenship : experiences from West Africa

Abstract: This book provides insights into what gender inclusive citizenship means as a practice, what can be achieved when it is promoted and what role participatory action research can play. It shares the experiences of women in local communities devising ways to exercise their citizenship. Author(s): Imam, Ayesha; Kamminga, Evelien Source(s): , 127 p., ill.,…

Choice, recognition and the democracy effects of decentralization

Abstract: Often large development agencies choose to work with a wide range of other local interlocutors, including deconcentrated agents, private bodies, customary authorities, and NGOs. As a result, fledgling local governments are receiving few public powers and face competition for legitimacy. Author(s): Ribot, Jesse C. Source(s): , Working paper / Swedish International centre for local…

The challenges of women participation in local governance : the case of Accra and Tamale metropolitan assemblies

Abstract: Qualitative data and statistics of female councilors from 1994 to 2006 in Tamale and Accra are used to assess the factors that may be accountable for their small numbers as compared to their male counterparts. In addition, the history and structure of local governance in Ghana is described. Author(s): Mahamadu, Abdul-Razak Source(s): , x,…

Assessing the role of councillors in service delivery at local government level in South Africa

Abstract: The dynamics of local government service delivery in South Africa is examined, with special emphasis on the role of elected officials, who are a fundamental but often neglected part of the local governance system and whose role has a policy-shaping influence. Author(s): Paradza, Gaynor; Mokwena, Lebogang; Richards, Robin Source(s): , Research report / Centre…

Zimbabwe in transition : what about the local level?

Abstract: An examination of local governance in Zimbabwe in 2009 showed that local administration officials are much better educated and more experienced than local elected officials. Contrary to the opinion of these local officials, citizen involvement is actually quite weak. Health care is in a poor state. Author(s): Bland, Gary Source(s): , RTI research report…

Political organization in multi-level settings : Mexican and Latin American parties and party systems after decentralization

Abstract: Evidence from Mexico is used to demonstrate that decentralization more resources available locally, thus reshaping the context within which parties organize.The central contention is that a high level of decentralization can undermine the formation of nationalized party systems and cohesive parties. Author(s): Harbers, Imke Source(s): , xiv, 241 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published:…

Civil society’s claims to political representation in Brazil

Abstract: Civil society is laying claim to political representation in contemporary democracies. Using original data from São Paulo, Brazil, the need for constructing novel notions of representative legitimacy is examined based on electoral, membership, identity, mediation, proximity, and service arguments. Author(s): Houtzager, Peter P.; Gurza Lavalle, Adrian Source(s): , Studies in comparative international development; vol.…