Public Participation in African Constitutionalism

Edited by Tania Abbiate, Markus Böckenförde, Veronica Federico

Routledge Global Cooperation Series
318 pages I 2018 - Routledge Hardback: ISBN 978-1-138-74587-2

This book aims to provide a systematic overview of participation forms and mechanisms across Africa, and a critical understanding of the impact of public participation in constitution-making processes, digging beneath the rhetoric of public participation as being at the heart of any successful transition towards democracy and constitutionalism. Using case studies from Central African Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the book investigates various aspects of participatory constitution making: from conception, to processes, and specific contents that trigger ambivalent dynamics in such processes. 

Public Participation in African Constitutionalism questions the abstract glorification of public participation  as theoretical and empirical perspectives are used to explain what public participation does in concrete terms and to identify what lessons might be drawn from those experiences.
 

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