Public Administration in Africa: Main Issues and Selected Country Studies


The author addresses ten key issues in public administration in Africa, including four issues that have come to the forefront in the 1990s: governance, new public management, information technology, and partnerships involving the public, private, and voluntary sectors. Each issue is treated with a definition of concepts, followed by descriptive and analytical overviews, with illustrations from within Africa, other developing countries, and from the industrialised countries. Knowledge of the public administration systems in Africa is considerably enhanced by eleven case studies covering Benin, Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Most of these case studies are written by experts from within the countries. The study illustrates that economic policy reform and public administration reform go hand in hand, although the majority of the countries have had to undertake administrative reforms in the context of structural adjustment programmes, and thus external actors have largely determined the thinking and implementation of reform programmes.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Ladipo Adamolekun
  • Mouftaou Laleye
  • Kithinji Kiragu
  • Dele Olowu
  • Victor O. Ayeni
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1999


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