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Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa

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revised on 2023-09-12, 08:25 and posted on 2023-09-12, 08:26 authored by Gedion Onyango, Austin Dziwornu Ablo, Adedeji Adebayo, Salomey K. G. Afrifa, James Korku Agbodzakey, Emmanuel Remi Aiyede, Grace Akello, Tim Allen, Michael Amoah, Emmanuel Kof Ayisi, Justice Nyigmah Bawole, Abioseh Bockarie, Emmanuel Botlhale, Joanne Clarke, Logan Cochrane, Ina Conradie, Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, Clement Mensah Damoah, Samuel Kofi Darkwa, Rosina Foli, Amanda Gouws, James Hathaway, Goran Hyden, Matilde Jeppesen, Ngepathimo Kadhila, Osée Kamga, Stephen Karangizi, Julius Kiiza, Tom Kirk, Anne Mette Kjær, Michael Kpessa-Whyte, Felix Kumah-Abiwu, Liisa Laakso, Eugene Lizazi Libebe, Nnamdi O. Madichie, Diana Højlund Madsen, Kennedy Manduna, Joyce ManyoJoyce Manyo, María Mercedes Martínez, Julian May, Alphonse Bernard Amougou Mbarga, Kobby Mensah, Thekiso Molokwane, Sysman Motloung, Davison Muchadenyika, William Muhumuza, Haruperi Mumbengegwi, Roberts Kabeba Muriisa, Elizabeth Ngutuku, Alemu Asfaw Nigusie, Ndangwa Noyoo, Chiedo Nwankwor, Joseph Okeyo Obosi, Frank L.K. Ohemeng, John Sunday Ojo, Nathanael Ojong, Adams Oloo, Japheth Otieno Ondiek, William Otchere-Darko, Eric E. Otenyo, Lauren Paremoer, Melissa Parker, Francisco Miguel Paulo, TK Pooe, Maryam Omolara Quadri, Musole Siachisa, Anne Siebert, Chris Tapscott, Samuel Toe, Kafui Tsekpo, Lukamba Muhiya Tshombe, Emmanuel Yeboah-Assiamah, Joshua Jebuntie Zaato

This Handbook provides an authoritative and foundational disciplinary overview of African Public Policy and a comprehensive examination of the practicalities of policy analysis, policymaking processes, implementation, and administration in Africa today.

The book assembles a multidisciplinary team of distinguished and upcoming Africanist scholars, practitioners, researchers and policy experts working inside and outside Africa to analyse the historical and emerging policy issues in 21st-century Africa. While mostly attentive to comparative public policy in Africa, this book attempts to address some of the following pertinent questions:

  • How can public policy be understood and taught in Africa?
  • How does policymaking occur in unstable political contexts, or in states under pressure?
  • Has the democratisation of governing systems improved policy processes in Africa?
  • How have recent transformations, such as technological proliferation in Africa, impacted public policy processes?
  • What are the underlying challenges and potential policy paths for Africa going forward?

The contributions examine an interplay of prevailing institutional, political, structural challenges and opportunities for policy effectiveness to discern striking commonalities and trajectories across different African states.

This is a valuable resource for practitioners, politicians, researchers, university students, and academics interested in studying and understanding how African countries are governed.

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Editor: Gedion Onyango
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  • English



Publication Year

  • 2021

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

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  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Public Policy - HBKU

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