• M. A. Mohamed Salih


In this synoptic conclusion, I attempt to explore the salient features of African legislatures by responding to three substantive questions. 1) Are African legislatures unique by being more effective in responding to common public interest issues than playing a prudent governance role vis-à-vis the executive? 2) Why the executive predominates in single-party systems as well as multiparty democracy? 3) What are the constraints under which the African legislatures operate? Overall, the chapters presented in this volume illustrate that African legislatures cannot be dismissed as replicas of traditional assemblies not only because they are modern political institutions, but also because they operate in a dominantly modernist polity. In addition, they cannot be described as wholly unique vis-à-vis their Western counterparts because they are expected to perform similar functions. As such, African legislatures portray all the institutional formalities and procedures of modern Western parliaments, assemblies or legislatures and commonly struggle to discharge responsibilities as peoples’ representatives. Nonetheless, because they are mirrors of the political cultures and societies they represent, African legislatures undoubtedly reflect the ethnic, regional, and cultural differences that exist within and between legislatures.


Civil Society Political Culture Civil Society Organization Parliamentary System National Assembly 
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© M.A. Mohamed Salih 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Mohamed Salih
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of Social StudiesThe HagueThe Netherlands

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