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Progress and Retreat in Africa: Presidents Untamed

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

15 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2009  

H. Kwasi Prempeh

Seton Hall University School of Law

Date Written: April 1, 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.

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

JEL Classification: N40, N47

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

H. Kwasi Prempeh (Contact Author)

Seton Hall University School of Law ( email )

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Newark, NJ 07102
United States

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