The Making of the Constitution of Kenya: A Century of Struggle and the Future of Constitutionalism

1st Edition

Charles O. Oyaya, Nana Poku

Routledge
Published May 10, 2018
Reference - 272 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781472474568 - CAT# Y258662
Series: Contemporary African Politics

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Summary

Kenya, like the rest of Africa, has gone through three sets of constitutional crises. The first related to the trauma of colonialism and struggle for independence. The second a period of constitutional dictatorship and the clamor for reform. The third, most recent crisis, being one of identity, legitimacy and the inability of the state to discharge its functions which has resulted in civil unrest, violent ethnic conflicts, poverty, social exclusion and inequality.

The Making of the Constitution of Kenya examines the processes, issues and challenges of constitution making, governance and legitimacy in that country and the lessons that can be learned for others on the continent. Equipping the reader with a sound historical perspective on constitutional developments and the crisis of constitutional legitimacy in Kenya it gives an invaluable insight into the normative and political complexities involved in evolving a truly democratic and widely acceptable constitutional order in Africa.

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