Namibia's post-apartheid regional institutions : the founding year /
Joshua Bernard Forrest.
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 1998.
xviii, 408 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
1580460283 (alk. paper)
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Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 1998.
1580460283 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-398) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-06:
This lengthy and detailed book about the decentralization process in Namibia is essentially a diagram of regional-national, state-society relationships that resulted in effective administrative capacity-building at the regional level and in a sense of representation of local interests at the national level. Based on extensive interviews during 1993, which explored the "backward mapping" method of the daily performance of local-level administrators and politicians who implement programs designed at the national level by "forward mapping" policy-making officials, it is a significant contribution to understanding the decentralization process that is of increasing importance to democratization in African states. Although the central government intended to control the behavior of regional councils through formalistic regulations, local officials were sufficiently self-assertive and creative to successfully represent local attitudes and needs rather than accept standardized patterns of administration intended by national authorities. The details of specific legislation and minutiae of daily application, as well as personal interactions between regional and national administrators, illustrate the extent to which individual initiative and independence are essential to the relationship between civil society and the state. However, little attention is given to the socioeconomic context in which this occurs. Graduate students, faculty, and researchers. M. E. Doro; Connecticut College
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Unpaid Annotation
An in-depth look at the development of democracy in Namibia during the year the Regional and National Councils began to function.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In 1990, Namibia became a multi-party democracy, freed from South Africa's Apartheid system of governance. This book investigates the post-Apartheid policy of decentralisation, with an emphasis on the founding of regional institutions in 1993.
Main Description
Namibia's Post-Apartheid Regional Institutions is an examination of the development of regional policy-making and organizational behavior of Namibia's regional institutions in their founding year, as they were established after independence from South Africa in 1990. The study emphasizes the importance of focusing on the microlevel dynamics and communications of public organizations in order to understand the intricacies of decentralization, in Namibia as in other parts of the world. The author shows clearly that a focus on the capacity-building activities of elected regional councils and parliaments can reveal important aspects of the strengthening of new democracies. Joshua Bernard Forrest is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and an expert on state-building in sub-Saharan Africa.
Table of Contents
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Introduction: Regional Policy Analysis and the Organizational Behavior of State Institutionsp. 1
Historical and Political Context: The Apartheid Years and a Democratic Transitionp. 29
Interim Regional Policy 1990-1992p. 50
Central State-Regional Council Relations
Intergovernmental Decisional Dynamicsp. 67
Quantity, Quality, and Mode of MRLGH-Council Contactp. 88
Regional Budgeting and Planningp. 100
Capacity-Building Dynamics of the Regional Councils
Laying the Foundation: The Councils' Internal Aspects of Capacity-Buildingp. 123
Regional Council Meetingsp. 137
Regional Councils' Interorganizational Relationsp. 158
Regional Governors' Activitiesp. 182
Inside the Regions: State-Society Relationsp. 210
The Parliamentary Connection: Namibia's Regionally Representative National Council
The National Council: Laying the Foundationp. 239
The Grassroots-Transmission Role of The National Councilp. 260
National Council-National Assembly Interinstitutional Relationsp. 284
Conclusions: Namibia's Regional Institutions in Comparative Perspectivep. 297
Afterwordp. 326
Interview and Site Visit Methodologyp. 330
Semistructured Interviews in Namibiap. 332
Notesp. 337
Bibliographyp. 391
Indexp. 399
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