Journal of Democracy, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2008
15 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2009
Date Written: April 1, 2008
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.
Keywords: African politics, imperial presidency, presidential power, democracy, comparative constitutionalism
JEL Classification: N40, N47
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1324027