Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2013

Publication Citation

20 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 339 (2013)


This article reviews the impact of globalization on democracy in Africa. It sees globalization, which has largely taken the shape of neoliberalism, as leading to the development of a minimalist conception of democracy in African countries. Further, this article contends that administrative law norms, which are increasingly embraced in Constitutions and judicial decisions world over, can be useful instruments for deepening democracy in Africa. That is, the establishment and implementation of elaborate regimes of administrative law (containing principles, procedures, and remedies that circumscribe the exercise of both public and private power) can contribute to the realization of democratic governance in African countries. This article then demonstrates how administrative law can subject the exercise of power to the rule of law, contribute to the realization of social and economic rights, enhance public participation in governance, and contribute to the democratization of the exercise of power within legislatures and judiciaries.

Globalization and the Law: The Next Twenty Years, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, April 5-6, 2012.