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Agreeing To Disagree In The Interest Of Ghana

"Embedded in Ghana's multiparty democracy ushered in by the fourth Republican Constitution, 1992 is recognition of the idea that not all Ghanaians will share in the same political ideology on issues regarding how the country should be governed. A...

Dealing with Winner takes All Politics in Ghana : The Case of National Development Planning

"During 2011, the Constitution Review Commission (CRC), recommended a national development plan that should be entrenched in the constitution and binding on successive governments. While the government accepted the need for a long-term plan, the r...

Implementing The Presidential (Transition) Act: Lessons, Challenges And The Way Forward

"The post-2012 election period presented the first test for implementing major aspects of the Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012 (Act 845). This paper undertakes a preliminary assessment of how the law has been implemented. The approach taken inv...

Enhancing The Decentralisation Programme: District Assemblies And Sub-Structures As Partners In Governance

"Ten years ago, Ghana embarked on a major programme of local government reform and decentralisation. Ten years ago in 1989, the phased programme of District Assembly elections was concluded and the Assemblies inaugurated. Ten years ago, the then P...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems And Good Governance In Ghana: The Traditional Akan Socio-Political Example

"This paper explores the relationship between aspects of indigenous African political culture and the quest for appropriate principles and practices for Africa's political future. Its main thesis is that some political values of traditional Akan s...

Parliament's Role in the Fight Against Corruption

Ghana embarked, in the late eighties and early nineties on an agitation for Good Governance. We demanded: Human Rights, Media Freedom, Law and Order, Personal Liberties and Parliamentary Democracy. These were the governance challenges at the tim...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Good Governance in Ghana: The Traditional Akan Socio Political Example

The relationship between aspects of indigenous African political culture is explored in this paper as well as the quest for appropriate principles and practices for Africa’s political future. Its main thesis is that some political values of tradi...

Civilian Control and the Security Sector

The democratic transition and consolidation that Ghana has gone through, reflects in several ways the struggles for democratic accountability, transparency and sustainability, with broad support from different sections of the community. These conf...

Strengthening Ghana's Electoral System : A Precondition for Stability and Development

In Africa the democratization process is inextricably interwoven with elections. Elections give meaning to the concept of political representation and the protection of all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the...

The Proposed Creation Of New Constituencies

"The announcement by the Electoral Commission that thirty (30) additional parliamentary constituencies are to be created has provoked a confrontation between the Commission and the minority parties and generated heated public debate in the media...

Building an Independent Parliament the Creation of Rules of Procedure for Private Members Bills & the Creation of the Office of the Parliamentary Draftsman

"Under the Fourth Republican Constitution, the Governance Structure that was created envisaged the separation of powers through the three principal arms of Government The Executive, the Legislature & the Judiciary - each playing very specific role...

Reserving Special Seats for Women in Parliament: Issues and Obstacles

"The ''representativeness'' of institutions of political representation in gender terms have featured in a number of studies. The base argument is that Parliament should be a microcosm of the nation as a whole. Hamilton opined: ''it is said to be...

In Search of a Democratic Political Culture in Ghana

"Ghanaians once again are gearing up for multiparty national elections. In December this year, voters will be choosing a president and a multi-party parliament for another term of four years. If all goes well, the upcoming elections will mark the...

Survival of Multiparty Democracy in Ghana

"The politics of Ghana have, unfortunately, not evolved along a smooth and steady path. In colonial times our politics was substantially a politics of protest against foreign domination by the colonial power. There was not and could not be multipa...

The Political Parties Bill, 1999 - An Analysis (Part I)

"Political parties, no doubt, are essential to democratic governance. They provide the electorate with viable alternatives and a genuine choice among policy directions; aggregate the aspirations and demands of individuals and groups; and channel t...

Political Parties as Instruments of National Unity and Development in Ghana

"With the political transition of 1992, and the inauguration of the 4th Republic on 7th January 1993, Ghana has embarked on yet another attempt at liberal democratic and constitutional rule. To those who believe that free political association, fr...

To Cap or Not to Cap: The Supreme Court of Ghana

"There are fears that our present Constitutional provision leaves room for the eventuality that a determined President of the Republic may or can deliberately use his appointive power to increase, unduly, the number of Supreme Court Justices with...

Survey Report on Key Socio Economic and Governance Issues in Ghana - Main Report

The IEA Socio-Economic and Governance Surveys, seeks the opinion of the public on socio-economic and governance issues including people’s living conditions, government’s performance in addressing key socio-economic challenges, peace and security, ...

The Social Significance Of Ghana’s 2002 District Level Elections – In The Upper East Region

"This paper attempts to analyse the social structure of the District Assemblies created by the District Assembly Elections of 2002. The Upper East Region of Ghana, which is the poorest region in the country, is the focus of the study. The analysis...

Beyond The Frontiers Of National Security

"Security is a fundamental pre-requisite for the survival of humankind and should be regarded as the elixir that sustains the stability of society. Without that stabilizing factor, there can be no progress. Any society that cannot develop and prog...

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