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Progress and Retreat in Africa: Presidents Untamed


H. Kwasi Prempeh


Seton Hall University School of Law

April 1, 2008

Journal of Democracy, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2008

Abstract:     
Despite progress in the democratization of power in many African states, the tradition of the "imperial president" survives. In this essay, the author examines why this notable feature of the ancient regime persists and how appropriate constitutional drafting might help to tame presidential supremacy in Africa's new democracies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: African politics, imperial presidency, presidential power, democracy, comparative constitutionalism

JEL Classification: N40, N47

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Date posted: January 8, 2009  

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Prempeh, H. Kwasi, Progress and Retreat in Africa: Presidents Untamed (April 1, 2008). Journal of Democracy, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1324027

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Newark, NJ 07102
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