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By A. Carl LeVan

Africa is altering and you may fail to remember how decentralization, democratization, and new different types of illiberalism have remodeled federalism, political events, and native politics. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa support fill a huge hole in comparative institutional examine approximately kingdom and native politics in Africa.

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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. As a result, subnational institutions subvert rather than enable federalism.

Finally, Fashagba uses an innovative approach to expose a problem at the core of Nigeria’s weak state assemblies: data about the career path of legislators show that they depend on the governor and the party for future job prospects, giving them few incentives to question governors’ spending decisions. Similarly, to become a governor, politicians tend to rise through the party hierarchy (meaning that the party system generates few outsiders). As a result, Fashagba offers novel evidence to demonstrate how central political authorities including the president, the National Assembly, and the parties shape executive–legislative relations at the state level.

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