Malawi is among the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that has witnessed significant improvements in relation to meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets. It exhibits some of the main challenges facing African democracies while they attempt to consolidate the benefits of democratisation.

Political Transition and Inclusive Development in Malawi critically analyses opportunities and constraints related to the impact of democracy on development in one of the world’s poorest countries. The book explores how, and to what extent, processes related to democratic and economic governance can be strengthened in order to make political and administrative authorities more responsive to development needs. It also considers characteristics of successful implementation of public policy and the effective and timely delivery of basic services in local contexts; increased citizen participation and dialogue with local government authorities; factors that enable civil society organisations to hold political and administrative officials to account; and better utilisation of academic research for improved evidence-based policy formulation and implementation.

This volume will be of great interest to scholars in development studies, African studies, politics, law and anthropology, as well as policymakers and those interested in democracy, governance, human rights and the implementation of anti-poverty programmes, development administration and decentralisation.

chapter 1|11 pages


ByDan Banik, Blessings Chinsinga
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part Part I|60 pages

Democratization and political culture

chapter 2|20 pages

Progress or stagnation?

Twenty years of democracy
ByBoniface Dulani
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chapter 3|22 pages

Political parties, political settlement and development

ByKizito Tenthani, Blessings Chinsinga
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chapter 4|16 pages

Judicialisation and informalisation of politics in Malawi

Implications for inclusive development
ByFidelis Edge Kanyongolo
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part Part II|57 pages

Governance and policy implementation

chapter 5|20 pages

Politics and the public service

ByLewis B. Dzimbiri
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chapter 6|17 pages

The political economy of fiscal decentralisation

Implications on local governance and public service delivery
ByAsiyati Lorraine Chiweza
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chapter 7|18 pages

Searching for a holy grail?

The nexus between agriculture and youth unemployment
ByBlessings Chinsinga, Michael Chasukwa
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part Part III|66 pages

Activism, aid and accountability

chapter 8|14 pages

Against all odds

Parliamentary oversight over a dominant executive
ByNandini Patel
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chapter 9|22 pages

The impact of emerging donors on development and poverty reduction

ByDan Banik, Michael Chasukwa
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chapter 10|19 pages

Women, media and culture in democratic Malawi

ByHappy Mickson Kayuni
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chapter 11|9 pages

Major conclusions

ByDan Banik, Blessings Chinsinga
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