Marie Michael Library
African decentralization: local actors, powers and accountability
Ribot, Jesse C.
African governments have undergone repeated decentralization reforms since the early colonial period. However, in the most recent wave (beginning in the late 1980's), the language of reform has shifted from an emphasis on national cohesion and the management of local populations to a discourse more focused on democratization, pluralism and rights. This review is concerned with the degree to which the new language is being codified in laws and translated into practice.
Decentralization in government, Africa