African dynamics in multi-definitional governance, which governance and whose governance?
Olatunji Olateju (Swansea University)
Dr Krijn Peters
Ola Olateju
Start time:
27 June, 2013 at 11:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Governance remains crucial in African economic and political development discourses but which governance and whose governance?

Long abstract:

Governance in Africa enjoys critical attention from scholars, governments and agencies. Some commentators emphasise the need for good governance as a necessity for socio economic development and are more concerned with designing templates for 'better governance', or 'good governance'. This development has increasingly turned governance into a crucial issue in Africa. Though the concept is not new in Africa, it is as old as African history, however, it became popular and part of the global interest since the 1990s (Thomas G. Weiss 2005) while its idea remains debatable due to various definitions and understandings it attracts. For example, some associate 'good governance' with democracy good civil rights, transparency, rule of law, and efficient public services thereby making it synonymous with government. In many descriptions it is a broader notion than government. Although there is no governance without government, governance cannot be judged solely on outcomes, processes and relationships that produce them must also be considered. The Panel welcomes contributions that examine the issue of governance, processes and relationships that produce it with the sole aim of determining whether some or all of the definitions are relevant to reality in Africa; whether the contemporary governance templates designed for Africa can enable Africa to learn from the 'Chinese miracle'; or whether there could be an alternative model of governance that could make Africa to conveniently cope with the dynamics of the multi-polar global politics.