Grassroots Governance? Chiefs in Africa and the Afro-Caribbean

Grassroots Governance? Chiefs in Africa and the Afro-Caribbean

By Donald I. Ray (editor)
Book Description

Traditional leadership is a factor that has long been overlooked in evaluations of rural local government in much of contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa. Grassroots Governance?, an interdisciplinary and intercontinental collection, addresses this gap in African scholarship and brings new perspectives on the integration, or reconciliation, of traditional leadership with democratic systems of local government. Articles from the fields of political science, law, postcolonial studies, anthropology, cultural studies, and policy and administrative studies establish a baseline for best practice in Africa and the Afro-Caribbean while taking into account the importance of traditional leadership to the culture of local governance. Case studies are drawn from Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Commonwealth countries in West, East, and Southern Africa, as well as Jamaica.

Table of Contents
  • CreativeCommons page
  • Cover
  • Africa Missing Voices Series Information
  • Title Page
  • Bibliographic Information
  • Summary
  • Preface by P.S. Reddy
  • Rural Local Governance and Traditional Leadership in Africa and the Afro-Caribbean
  • Setting the Ghanaian Context of Rural Local Government
  • Social Characteristics of Traditional Leaders and Public Views on their Political Role
  • Ghana: Traditional Leadership andRural Local Governance
  • Chiefs: Power in a Political Wilderness
  • Local Governance in Lesotho: The Central Role of Chiefs
  • Traditional Authorities, LocalGovernment and Land Rights
  • “We Rule the Mountains and They Rule the Plains”: The West African Basis of Traditional Authority in Jamaica
  • Traditional Leadership and RuralLocal Government in Botswana
  • Rural Local Government and Development: A Case Study of Kwazulu-Natal: Quo Vadis?
  • What Role for Traditional Leadership in the “Pluralistic State” in Africa?
  • Index
  • Back Cover
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