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Title:Political Representation in Africa: Towards a Conceptual Framework
Author:Edigheji, OmanoISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:31
Issue:3
Pages:93-119
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:parliamentary systems
democracy
political participation
Politics and Government
politics
Africa--Politics and government
democratization
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24483866
Abstract:Political representation as a central component of democratic governance is a key challenge in Africa's quest for democratic development. This paper, which is theoretical in nature, has two main objectives, viz. to develop a conceptual framework on political representation, and to derive operational indicators as a basis for future research and implementation. It deals with the origin of the concept and definitions of political representation; new forms of political representation; elections and the nature of electoral systems; the role of the legislature; political parties and party funding; representative deliberation and participatory democracy; unelected officials, especially traditional rulers; the political economy of political representation. Finally, it suggests some areas that require attention from African scholars, civil society, political leaders and policymakers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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