Think Tanks, Governance, and Development in Africa

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Think Tanks, Governance, and Development in Africa

9781800379862 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Frank Ohemeng, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Joseph R.A. Ayee, Vice President of the Arts Section, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 986 2 Extent: c 224 pp
This significant book addresses an important missing link in the literature on politics, governance, public policy and administration in sub-Saharan Africa. It contributes to the understanding of the emergence of independent institutions that are now playing active roles in formulating and implementing public policies and programs in these countries.

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This significant book addresses an important missing link in the literature on politics, governance, public policy and administration in sub-Saharan Africa. It contributes to the understanding of emergent independent institutions that are now playing active roles in formulating and implementing public policies and programs in these countries.

Bringing together an array of esteemed academics and practitioners, this book surveys the landscape of think tanks in sub-Saharan Africa and provides in-depth case studies of the policy terrain in Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and South Africa. With the emergence of effective governance developing in the early 1990s and the opening up of hitherto closed authoritarian policy spaces, the authors explore the ways in which civil society groups are now a force to be reckoned with as they attempt to successfully bring citizens into the policy making process. This prescient exploration of the challenges facing these institutions highlights good governance practice and proposes policy recommendations to better support civil society development in Africa.

Think Tanks, Governance, and Development in Africa is a vital read for academics, researchers and students specializing in development studies, regulation and governance, social policy in emerging countries and political science. Its case studies and practical recommendations are also of interest to policymakers, political advocates and practitioners working in African governance at both the global and national levels.
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‘Ohemeng and Ayee’s achievement in this book lies in their ability to elevate the unseen aspects of think tanks into a vigorous and engaging conversation about their contributions to governance and development in Africa. They do so by exposing the power and influence of these civil institutions as a rich area for development.’
– Peter Haruna, Texas A&M International University, US

‘The authors highlight the diversity, depth, and significant policy impact of think tanks in eight sub-Saharan countries. Innovation, research, and policy change are driving think tank development on the continent. The authors in this book aptly showcase Africa’s current and future think-tank activities.’
– Kim Moloney, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

‘Frank Ohemeng and Joseph Ayee bring together a distinguished group of scholars who explore the history, development, proliferation, and influence of think tanks in Africa. This timely and much-needed contribution to the growing and evolving literature on think tanks and their efforts to shape public opinion and public policy raises and answers many critical questions about how these diverse and eclectic organizations have become critical players in the marketplace of ideas.’
– Donald E. Abelson, McMaster University, Canada
Contributors
Contributors include: Adigun A.B. Agbaje, E. Remi Aiyede, Joseph R.A. Ayee, Elias Ayuk, Cheikh Oumar Bar, Emmanuel Botlhale, Denis A. Foretia, Ibrahima Hathie, Eugenia Kayitesi, Jean Cedric Kouam, Bright Nkrumah, Frank L.K. Ohemeng, Japheth O. Ondiek, Gedion Onyango, Omosefe Oyekanmi, Radhamany Soorymoorthy, Francis Tazoacha, Dhikru A. Yagboyaju
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