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.

chapter 1|19 pages

A public policy approach to governance in Africa

An introduction
ByGedion Onyango
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part Part I|71 pages

Research, theory and teaching African public policy

chapter 2|11 pages

The social science foundations of public policy in Africa

ByLiisa Laakso
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chapter 3|12 pages

Researching and teaching public policy and governance in Africa

ByChris Tapscott
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chapter 4|11 pages

Theorising public policy in Africa

ByGoran Hyden
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chapter 5|11 pages

Public authority in Africa

ByTom Kirk, Tim Allen
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chapter 6|12 pages

The institutional logics perspective and policymaking in Africa

ByJames Hathaway
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chapter 7|12 pages

Pockets of Effectiveness (POEs) in Africa

A solution to the policy paradox?
ByAnne Mette Kjær
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part Part II|84 pages

Understanding policy framing in Africa

chapter 8|12 pages

Policy images in Africa

ByEric E. Otenyo
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chapter 9|10 pages

Reflections on the political economy of public policy analysis in Africa

ByMichael Kpessa-Whyte, Kafui Tsekpo
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chapter 10|11 pages

The role and impact of international bureaucrats in policymaking in Africa

ByRosina Foli, Frank L.K. Ohemeng
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chapter 11|11 pages

Traditional chiefs as institutional entrepreneurs in policymaking and implementation in Africa

BySalomey K.G. Afrifa, Frank L.K. Ohemeng
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chapter 12|11 pages

Public participation and policymaking in local governance in Africa

ByEmmanuel Botlhale
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chapter 13|14 pages

Framing political policy communications in Africa

ByKobby Mensah, Joyce Manyo, Nnamdi O. Madichie
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chapter 14|13 pages

Policy evaluation in Africa

ByEmmanuel Remi Aiyede, Maryam Omolara Quadri
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part Part III|34 pages

Understanding public policymaking in Africa

chapter 15|12 pages

Public policymaking in Africa

ByLukamba Muhiya Tshombe, Thekiso Molokwane
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chapter 16|11 pages

Historical perspectives of policymaking and administration in Africa

ByFelix Kumah-Abiwu, James Korku Agbodzakey, Samuel Kofi Darkwa
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chapter 17|9 pages

The media and policymaking in Africa

A comparative study of economic development policies in South Africa and Nigeria
ByTK Pooe, Sysman Motloung
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part Part IV|48 pages

Understanding policy reforms in Africa

chapter 18|11 pages

Public-private partnership and public policy in Africa

ByJoseph Okeyo Obosi
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chapter 20|10 pages

Evolution and change of communication policy in postcolonial Africa

From independence to the present day
ByOsée Kamga
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chapter 21|12 pages

Multiculturalism and policymaking in Africa

ByJohn Sunday Ojo, Joanne Clarke
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part Part V|66 pages

Understanding politics and public policy in Africa

chapter 22|10 pages

The politics of public policy in Africa

ByMichael Kpessa-Whyte
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chapter 23|12 pages

Political parties, political change and public policy in Africa

A comparative study of Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana
ByAdams Oloo
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chapter 24|10 pages

Political transition, policy change and implementation in Zambia

ByMusole Siachisa
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chapter 25|12 pages

Executive policymaking during national crisis

Policy responses to COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda
ByRoberts Kabeba Muriisa
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chapter 26|9 pages

Political leadership and public policy in Africa

Thabo Mbeki, the consummate policy entrepreneur
ByNdangwa Noyoo
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chapter 27|11 pages

Public policy and election administration in Africa

A controlling or innovative environment
ByMichael Amoah
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part Part VI|71 pages

Understanding policy implementation outcomes in Africa

chapter 28|11 pages

Democratising policy implementation in Africa

Lessons from Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme
ByEmmanuel Kofi Ayisi, Justice Nyigmah Bawole, Emmanuel Yeboah-Assiamah
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chapter 29|12 pages

Competing interests and lack of policy ownership of the reform agenda

A barrier to Uganda's reform success?
ByWilliam Muhumuza
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chapter 30|11 pages

Public policy in Cameroon

State-building programs under the influence
ByAlphonse Bernard Amougou Mbarga
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chapter 31|12 pages

The politics of decentralisation

Policy reform design and implementation in Malawi
ByAsiyati Lorraine Chiweza
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chapter 32|11 pages

Indigenisation policy in the extractive sector in Zimbabwe

A critical reflection
ByKennedy Manduna, Davison Muchadenyika
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chapter 33|12 pages

Policy learning and policy failure in Africa

The case of electricity privatization in Ghana
ByFrank L. K. Ohemeng, Joshua Jebuntie Zaato
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part Part VII|38 pages

Implementing education policies in Africa

chapter 34|12 pages

Investing in the people? Analysis of education policies in Angola

ByFrancisco Miguel Paulo
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chapter 35|12 pages

Public-private partnerships as predictors of success

Lessons from the education sector in post-war Liberia
BySamuel Toe
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chapter 36|12 pages

Policy issues in the harmonisation of quality assurance systems for higher education in Africa

ByNgepathimo Kadhila, Eugene Lizazi Libebe
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part Part VIII|39 pages

Understanding health policies and disease control in Africa

chapter 37|11 pages

Control programmes for Africa's parasites

Unrealistic expectations, ignored evidence and troubling outcomes
ByTim Allen, Melissa Parker
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chapter 38|11 pages

Between marketisation and public interest discourses in health policy delivery

Debating solidarity and universal healthcare in South Africa 1
ByLauren Paremoer
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chapter 39|15 pages

Confronting epidemics

The art of not knowing and strategic ignorance during Ebola preparedness in Uganda
ByGrace Akello, Melissa Parker
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part Part IX|35 pages

Understanding food security and social protection policies in Africa

chapter 40|11 pages

Food and nutrition security policies in Africa

ByAnne Siebert, Julian May
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chapter 41|11 pages

Public policy and social protection in Africa

The rise of cash transfers
ByNathanael Ojong, Logan Cochrane
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chapter 42|11 pages

A genealogy of policies on poor and vulnerable children and youth in Kenya

ByElizabeth Ngutuku
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part Part X|50 pages

Understanding women, gender and public policy in Africa

chapter 43|11 pages

Women in policy-making in Africa

ByEmmanuel Botlhale
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chapter 44|12 pages

Gender mainstreaming in Africa

Local translations and institutional challenges in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa
ByDiana Højlund Madsen, Amanda Gouws, Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza
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chapter 45|12 pages

Women and social policies in South Africa and Sierra Leone

ByIna Conradie, Abioseh Bockarie
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chapter 46|13 pages

Women legislators in legislative policymaking in Africa

ByChiedo Nwankwor, Adedeji Adebayo
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part Part XI|35 pages

Understanding crisis management,migrationand regional trade policies

chapter 47|11 pages

Public policy and disaster management

The role of law in international disaster assistance in Africa
ByMaría Mercedes Martínez
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chapter 48|11 pages

Migration frameworks in Africa

Nature, dynamics, and challenges
ByAlemu Asfaw Nigusie
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chapter 49|11 pages

Evolution of trade policy and regional integration in Africa

ByStephen Karangizi, Haruperi Mumbengegwi
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part Part XII|61 pages

Understanding emerging policy issues and challenges in Africa

chapter 50|13 pages

Open innovation systems and public policy in Africa

Setting new boundaries against wicked problems
ByEmmanuel Yeboah-Assiamah, Clement Mensah Damoah, Justice Nyigmah Bawole
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chapter 51|11 pages

Africa's new megacities

Sustainable urbanism, climate urbanism or megalopolises of exclusionary enclaves
ByJohn Sunday Ojo
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chapter 52|11 pages

Environmental policies in Africa

The state of regulating e-waste management
ByJapheth Otieno Ondiek, Gedion Onyango
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chapter 53|11 pages

Petroleum extraction in Africa

A review of the local content policies for the oil industry in selected countries
ByAustin Dziwornu Ablo, William Otchere-Darko
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chapter 54|13 pages

The unintended industrial policy benefits of COVID-19 in Africa

ByJulius Kiiza
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