Issues in Ghana’s Electoral Politics. Edited by Kwame A. Ninsin. CODESRIA, Dakar, 2016, 232 p., ISBN 978-2-86978-694-3Number of visits: 1617
Ghana attained independence in 1957. From 1992, when a new constitution came into force and established a new – democratic – framework for governing the country, elections have been organized every four years to choose the governing elites. The essays in this volume are about those elections because elections give meaning to the role of citizens in democratic governance. The chapters depart from the study of formal structures by which the electorate choose their representatives. They evaluate the institutional forms that representation take in the Ghanaian context, and study elections outside the specific institutional forms that according to democratic theory are necessary for arriving at the nature of the relationships that are formed between the voters and their representatives and the nature and quality of their contribution to the democratic process.
Kwame A. Ninsin is Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Ghana. Between 1995 and 2001 he was Executive Secretary for the African Association of Political Science then based in Zimbabwe. He combined this position with those of Journal Editor and several other responsibilities. He was later appointed Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Democratic Governance, a civic body and think thank, based in Accra. He has published extensively on issues related to Ghana and Africa. His publications include Political Struggles in Ghana, 1967-1981, (Accra; Tornado Publishers, 1985, The Informal Sector in Ghana’s Political Economy, (Accra: FREEDOM PUBLICATIONS, 1991), Ghana’s Political Transition, 1990-1992, (Selected Documents), (Accra: FREEDOM PUBLICATIONS, 1996), and Globalized Africa: Political, Social and Economic Impact (editor) Accra: Freedom Publications, 2012.