n Conflict Trends - Local Governance and Constitutional Democracy : comparative insights from Lesotho and South Africa

Volume 2006, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The importance of local governance to constitutional democracy, particularly in Africa, cannot be overemphasised. A general observation from the existing literature on the democratisation process in Africa since the 1980s is that this process has been extremely important in re-orienting African political systems away from authoritarian rule towards multiparty and competitive political governance. Africa has made some giant strides, particularly by jettisoning military dictatorship and deliberately steering politics away from bullets. The significance of this development is that it has provided a new lease of life to the continent.

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