Ghana attained independence in 1957. From 1992, when a new constitution came into force and established a new – democratic – framework for governing the country, elections have been organized every four years to choose the governing elites. The essays in this volume are about those elections because elections give meaning to the role of citizens in democratic governance. The chapters depart from the study of formal structures by which the electorate choose their representatives. They evaluate the institutional forms that representation take in the Ghanaian context, and study elections outside the specific institutional forms that according to democratic theory are necessary for arriving at the nature of the relationships that are formed between the voters and their representatives and the nature and quality of their contribution to the democratic process.
KWAME AKON NINSIN, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Ghana; holds a BA (Combined Honours) degree in Political Science and History from the University of Ghana (1969), and PhD (Political Science) from Boston University (1977). Prof. Ninsin was Head/Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, (for 3 terms from the 1980s to 1995). He was a visiting scholar at several universities in the US and UK, and has authored several works on Ghanaian and African politics. He served as a member of Ghana’s Consultative Assembly (1991-1992). He received several academic awards including Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for “Reflections on Development” (1987), Fulbright-Hays Scholar (1971- 76) for the PhD in the USA; and the honour of the Kwame Akon Ninsin Library, Department of Political Science, Legon.
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