Democratic decentralization and disempowerment of traditional authorities under Ghana’s local governance and development system: a spatio-temporal review

P. O-W. ADJEI*, Kwaku ABREFA BUSIA, G. M. BOB-MILLIAR

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that democratic decentralization defined as the transfer of power and resources from central government to lower units of government to deliver downwardly accountable and responsive local representation does not entirely produce stronger local institutions for mass participation, good local governance and community development. This is supported with selected cases from Ghana to demonstrate how in the name of decentralization and effective local governance, spaces have been created to subvert and disempower traditional authorities and their institutions thereby affecting their relevance and active participation in local governance and development through time and across space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-325
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Political Power
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Democratic decentralization
  • local governance
  • traditional authority
  • chieftaincy
  • Ghana

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