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dc.contributor.authorSteytler, Nico
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-11T13:01:58Z
dc.date.available2022-11-11T13:01:58Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/59230
dc.description.abstractFederalism as a mode of governance has been a popular response to most conflicts which stemmed from ethnic/language/religious mobilisation. However, the track record of resolving communal or identity conflicts has not always been good, the least of all in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. Why the lack of success? Is the federal solution inherently inappropriate for communal accommodation by exacerbating the problem? If not inevitably or inherently inappropriate, is it then a question of poor design? Or is it merely ineffectual implementation of the ‘federal solution’? The chapter argues that federal arrangements in Africa have been the last measure to hold countries together; therefore federalism per se cannot blamed for persistent conflicts. Whether federalism is able to address communal conflicts depends much on constitutional designs dealing with both ethnic issues and federal concepts in general. Where federal solutions have been tried, it is highly centralised, and even then often superficially and reluctantly implemented. To judge the efficacy of federal arrangements in constitutions they first must be implemented. This depends again on a broader embrace of constitutionalism; democracy, separation of powers, limited government, and the rule of law have to become part of political/legal culture of a country.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::L Law::LN Laws of specific jurisdictions and specific areas of law::LND Constitutional and administrative law: general::LNDH Government powersen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::G Reference, Information and Interdisciplinary subjects::GT Interdisciplinary studies::GTU Peace studies and conflict resolutionen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::J Society and Social Sciences::JP Politics and governmenten_US
dc.subject.otherFederal Systems, Governance, Africaen_US
dc.titleChapter 3 Federal systems of governance in Africaen_US
dc.title.alternativePatterns and pitfallsen_US
dc.typechapter
oapen.identifier.doi10.4324/9781003265306-3en_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy7b3c7b10-5b1e-40b3-860e-c6dd5197f0bben_US
oapen.relation.isPartOfBook5afaf867-f156-4098-bc3b-7332c21d9465en_US
oapen.relation.isFundedByda07314d-684b-4655-9398-6f7271557ad9en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781032207926en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781032207995en_US
oapen.imprintRoutledgeen_US
oapen.pages27en_US


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