Journal article

ASPIRATIONAL PRINCIPLES IN AFRICAN FEDERALISM: SOUTH AFRICA, ETHIOPIA AND NIGERIA COMPARED

Erika Arban, Adriano Dirri

AFRICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW | EDINBURGH UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

Finding a balance between diversity and social cohesion is a common concern in constitutional design: in divided societies, such a balance has often been sought through federalism. But the need to reconcile diversity and social cohesion can also be addressed through aspirational values embedded in a constitution. In fact, constitutions may entrench fundamental principles directing policies to foster equality, eliminate obstacles or require the different tiers of government to collaborate harmoniously in the performance of their functions. In exploring solidarity between different communities and cooperative government in South Africa, ethnicity as foundational value in Ethiopia, and the fede..

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