Global Responsibility - Local Agenda

The legitimacy of modern self-determination and African traditional authority

Edited by: Manfred O. Hinz, F. Thomas Gatter

In various African countries, governments are forced to accept and/or establish decentral structures in order to facilitate ways in which the poor sections of their population might gain influence on and access to development resources. Yet, there is confusion about the role and functioning of such decentral structures as well as about sustainable political approaches to the top down transfer of government power in the context of local agendas. The book highlights major aspects of the legitimacy of local power as presented by modern self-government structures as well as traditional communal authorities. Although the main focus is placed on Southern Africa (Namibia, South Africa, Botswana), examples from other regions (Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo) are also put into perspective.


288 pages

Publication Date: 1/30/2006
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825867829