Critical Perspectives No. 2 [Reforming the Political Kingdom: Governance and Development in Ghana's
01 June, 1999
Critical Perspectives No. 2 [Reforming the Political Kingdom: Governance and Development in Ghana's Ghana's Fourth Republic ]
Reforming the Political Kingdom: Governance and Development in Ghana's Ghana's Fourth Republic
By Richard Sandbook and Jay Oelbaum
The authors undertake an exhaustive review of the process of redemocratization and institutional reform in Ghana under the Fourth Republic. They Characterize the process of institutional reform in Ghana as having been contradictory, discontinuous, and fraught with contention. But they express guarded optimism over the country's long term prospects for liberal democratic development.While conceding that neo-patrimonial institutions and practices have deep roots in Ghanian society and that corruption and clientilism have been accelerated by the process of redemocratization, the authors contend that the process has also spurred institutional reform and improved governance. They note, for instance, that an incipient two-part system is consolidating itself. Struggles to impose legal limits on the state continue and civil society is resurgent. The essay concludes on an optimistic note that the prospects for liberal institutional reform in Ghana are good to a degree that is rare in Africa.