© 2015

African State Governance

Subnational Politics and National Power

  • A. Carl LeVan
  • Joseph Olayinka Fashagba
  • Edward R. McMahon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: Subnational Legislative Politics and African Democratic Development

  3. Nigeria in Comparative Perspective

  4. New Institutional Frontiers in Federalism

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-253

About this book


Africa is changing and it is easy to overlook how decentralization, democratization, and new forms of illiberalism have transformed federalism, political parties, and local politics. Chapters on Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa help fill an important gap in comparative institutional research about state and local politics in Africa.


Decentralization federalism fiscal federalism African politics democratization local government authoritarianism Nigeria Kenya Ethiopia South Africa oil patronage constitution executive governance Government Institution Political Parties politics

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Carl LeVan
    • 1
  • Joseph Olayinka Fashagba
    • 2
  • Edward R. McMahon
    • 3
  1. 1.School of International ServiceAmerican UniversityWashington DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and International RelationsLandmark UniversityNigeria
  3. 3.University of VermontUSA

About the editors

Yahaya Baba, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria. Olufunmbi 'Funmbi' M. Elemo, Michigan State University, USA. Joseph Olayinka Fashagba, Landmark University, Omu Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria. Solomon Gofie, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia A. Carl LeVan, American University, Washington, D.C, USA. Majuta J. Mamogale, Limpopo Provincial Legislature, Limpopo Province, South Africa Edward E. McMahon, University of Vermont, USA. Westen Kwatemba Shilaho, University of Johannesburg, South Africa Rotimi Suberu, Bennington College, Vermont, USA.

Bibliographic information


“This book offers an encompassing analysis of the state of subnational political institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. … an ambitious book that shows how subnational legislative politics and local democratic development are weakly linked in Africa. This book will become an important reference for those interested in subnational legislative institutions as the missing link in the processes of political change in Africa.” (Hélder Ferreira do Vale, Democratization, Vol. 24 (4), 2017)