The Role of Parliament in Promoting Good Governance in Africa

20 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2012

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Riccardo Pelizzo

Nazarbayev University

Rick Stapenhurst

McGill University - School of Continuing Studies

Date Written: September 18, 2007

Abstract

The paper investigates the relationship between democracy, development and good governance in Africa. The results of the data analysis presented in this paper sustain the claim that higher levels of development, however measured, are associated with higher levels of democracy and good governance. The analysis shows however that in the African continent what is really needed to promote development in the continent is good governance. The relationship between good governance and development is remarkably stronger and more significant than the relationship between democracy and development. On the basis of this evidence we suggest that in order to promote development in Africa it is even more important than in the rest of the planet to promote good governance.

Building on this evidence, the paper goes on to discuss what is the role of the parliament in promoting good governance. In doing so specific attention is paid not only to how the parliament can promote good governance by controlling the executive branch of government but also to how the parliament can promote good governance by controlling itself and the behavior of its members

Keywords: Parliaments, Africa, Oversight, Goog Governance, Development

Suggested Citation

Pelizzo, Riccardo and Stapenhurst, Rick, The Role of Parliament in Promoting Good Governance in Africa (September 18, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2101133

Riccardo Pelizzo (Contact Author)

Nazarbayev University ( email )

53 Kabanbay Batyra Avenue
Astana, 010000
Kazakhstan

Rick Stapenhurst

McGill University - School of Continuing Studies ( email )

Montreal, QC
Canada

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