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Contextualizing Constitutionalism

Multiparty Democracy in the African Political Matrix

Contextualizing Constitutionalism
  • Year of publication 2017
  • 272 pages
Author:Gedion Timothewos Hessebon
Category: Law Constitutional Law and Human Rights
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐771‐5 | hardcover | 1st edition | € 88.00 / $ 112.05 / £ 87.98
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There are certain structural factors in the demographic composition, political economy and history of many African countries, which can establish a hostile political matrix to multi-party democracy. From this matrix emanates the prevalence of antagonistic relations and competition among ethnic groups as well as the problem of abuse of incumbency.

The main argument advanced in this book is that there is a need for contextualizing constitutionalism in order to respond to these problems and to optimize the chances of prosperous, enduring democracies in Africa. Contextualization of constitutionalism is the process through which the generic concept of constitutionalism can be adapted, expanded and effectively deployed to meet the specific criteria and needs of countries with different political environments from the regions where its concept was founded. This book applies a comparative case study of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya to demonstrate how such contextualization might work.

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About the author. Gedion Timothewos is a legal scholar whose research focus is on constitutionalism, rule of law, democracy, human rights and comparative constitutional law – in particular from an African perspective. Gedion graduated with an LLB from Addis Ababa University and received his LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees at the Central European University in Comparative Constitutional Law. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University, School of Law.