Umpiring federalism in Africa : institutional mosaic and innovations

Show simple item record Abebe, Adem Kassie 2014-07-15T11:41:58Z 2014-07-15T11:41:58Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Federalism institutionalizes the division of powers and creates the circumstances that render inter-governmental disputes almost inevitable. It is therefore necessary that federal constitutions establish mechanisms for the peaceful umpiring of such disputes. This article explores the institutional and normative innovations in relation to the umpiring of federalism disputes - disputes between the federal and state governments—in the three prominent federal states in Africa, namely Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia. It argues that the political safeguards theory is unsuitable in the context of federal states in Africa. Federal states in Africa have established both political and judicial or quasi-judicial safeguards of federalism. However, the organs in charge of resolving federalism disputes are different in each of the federal states. Nevertheless, the constitutional review of disputes between the different levels of government is centralized. The jurisdiction of the constitutional adjudicator extends to both state and federal legislative and executive decisions. The level and form of participation of the states in constituting the constitutional adjudicator varies. In terms of access to the constitutional adjudicator, the federal constitutions are not clear on which organ of each level of government may submit inter-governmental disputes to the constitutional adjudicator. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Abebe, AK 2013, 'Umpiring federalism in Africa : institutional mosaic and innovations', African Studies Quarterly, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 53-79. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1093-2658 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2152-2448 (online)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Center for African Studies, University of Florida en_US
dc.rights © University of Florida Board of Trustees en_US
dc.subject Umpiring en_US
dc.subject Federalism en_US
dc.subject Inter-governmental disputes en_US
dc.subject Federalism disputes en_US
dc.subject Federal states in Africa en_US
dc.title Umpiring federalism in Africa : institutional mosaic and innovations en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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