Edited by David Landau and Hanna Lerner
Chapter 24: Voluntary infusion of constitutionalism in Anglophone African constitutions
Constitutionalism has, rightly or erroneously, become the shibboleth for almost all contemporary constitution-writers, no less so in Anglophone Africa. What it actually means may be contested, but there is a range of essential concrete and theoretical notions regularly associated with it. Constitutionalism was, ironically, brought to Africa in the wake of colonialism. It has however, especially over the past two to three decades, sprouted roots discernible especially in African constitutional texts and constitutional judgments. The level of absorption, and possibly adaptation, of constitutionalism in Anglophone Africa allows for interesting comparative exercises. Stumbling blocks in this regard are the perpetuation of presidential patronage and some confusion between constitutional monism and dualism.
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