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Local Governance Reforms in Africa

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At a time when the democratic governance resurgence of the 90s in developing countries is giving way to the disappointment and disillusionment at the retreat of democracy, it is opportune that the relationship between democratic and local governance is being given serious consideration by the International Association of Political Science globally (Diamond 2008). For quite sometime now, some of us had argued that democracy cannot be consolidated in Africa at the national level if it is not rooted at the local level and also vice versa that democracy at the local level cannot survive if democratic space does not exist for it at the national level. Africa is in a particularly special cultural and political juncture as far as the twin processes of state and nation building are concerned and democratic and effective local governance is critical for the twin processes.

The Nigerian case study is contributed by Matthew Okotoni.

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Kersting, N., Caulfield, J., Nickson, R.A., Olowu, D., Wollmann, H. (2009). Local Governance Reforms in Africa. In: Local Governance Reform in Global Perspective. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-531-91686-6_4

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