African Parliaments: Between Governance and Government by M. A. Mohamed Salih Ph.D. (eds.)

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Ibid. Heywood 2002: 320. See Wiese 2003 for Namibia and O’Brien 1997 for South Africa. See Patterson and Mughan 1999 on bi-cameralism in the contemporary world. Van Cranenburgh 2003. March and Olsen 1995: 6. Ostrom 1990. For more on this refer to Okoth-Ogendo 2000. Johnson and Nakamura 1999: 1. March and Olsen 1995. Johnson and Nakamura 1999: 2. 2 Parliaments, Politics, and Governance: African Democracies in Comparative Perspective Wil Hout1 Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands his chapter focuses on the relationship between features of national political systems, many of which relate to the functioning of national parliaments, and the quality of governance.

3, on legislature fractionalization, again demonstrates that is it hard to generalize about the effect of power dispersion on the performance of political systems in the developing world. Whereas Latin American and Caribbean countries with the least fractionalized legislatures tend to perform best in terms of governance, and countries with the highest degree of fractionalization have the lowest quality of governance, this relationship does not hold among either African or Asian democracies. In Africa, countries in the second and third quartiles tend to have a much higher quality of governance than countries in both extreme quartiles.

Expressing the will of sovereign citizens and using their own conscience is common to all African legislatures. However, a democratic model with clear disjuncture between party and parliament has never existed with any clarity anywhere in the world, but the degree of intensity of relationship between political groups formed by like-minded political parties is an inseparable part of parliamentary democracy. A. MOHAMED SALIH developments in African parliamentary democracy is that party-to-party partnerships are reflected increasingly in coalitions between political parties that share common political orientation.

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