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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 9: Enhancing the protection of minority rights in Africa: lessons from US constitutional practice

A Constitutional Political Economy Approach

John M. Mbaku

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In seeking ways to protect the rights of minorities, African countries can benefit from an understanding of U.S. constitutional practice. First, African countries can benefit from understanding how the American Republic has made constitutional democracy work. Second, governance in the African countries can be informed by the ideas and principles that are central to the successful practice of constitutionalism and constitutional government in the United States, which include constitutional federalism, separation of powers, and judicial review.

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