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7128 -- HINZ, MANFRED O. & THOMAS GATTER (Eds.)

Global responsibility - local agenda. The legitimacy of modern self-determination and African traditional authority
(Afrikanische Studien 18)
Münster: Lit Verlag 2006
284 pp., Euro 25.90; ISBN 3-8258-6782-x
Keywords: global responsibility, local agenda, self-government, traditional authority in Africa, decentral structures, rule in Africa, autochthonous peoples

##In various African countries, governments are forced to accept and/or establish decentral structures in order to facilitate ways in which the poor sections of their population might gain influence on and access to development resources. Yet, there is confusion about the role and functioning of such decentral structures as well as about sustainable political approaches to the top down transfer of government power in the context of local agendas. The book highlights major aspects of the legitimacy of local power as presented by modern self-government structures as well as traditional communal authorities. Although the main focus is placed on Southern Africa (Namibia, South Africa, Botswana), examples from other regions (Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo) are also put into perspective.##

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