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Protecting Minority Rights in African Countries

A Constitutional Political Economy Approach

John M. Mbaku

In this enlightening book, John Mukum Mbaku analyses the main challenges of constitutional design and the construction of governance institutions in Africa today. He argues that the central issues are: providing each country with a constitutional order that is capable of successfully managing sectarian conflict and enhancing peaceful coexistence; protecting the rights of citizens – including those of minorities; minimizing the monopolization of political space by the majority (to the detriment of minorities); and, effectively preventing government impunity.
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Chapter 4: Confronting poverty and underdevelopment in Africa today

A Constitutional Political Economy Approach

John M. Mbaku

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Research shows that sectarian violence, most of which is related to destructive mobilization by nationalities and subcultures that consider themselves marginalized by public policies, discourages both domestic and foreign investment and significantly damages prospects for economic growth and development. It is important, then, for each African country to provide itself with institutional arrangements that enhance the effective management of diversity and which also offer all groups within the country mechanisms for peaceful resolution of conflict.

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