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This book is about the process of professionalization and the practice of professionalism in African public administration. It approaches the subject matter from theoretical and empirical vintage points, the latter drawing on evidence from West and Southern Africa. The major premise of the book is that the institutional trajectory of public administration in Africa is intertwined with the difficult process of professionalization and the often contested practice of professionalism.
The book argues that the rational-legal bureaucratic elements that were an integral part of colonial rule articulated with indigenous norms and customs to produce administrative cultures and types of professionalism that depart substantially from Western ideals of political organization and the Weberian rational-legal ideal type of bureaucracy. The chapters in the book aspire to an understanding and explanation of specific administrative cultures and organizations in select African states (in Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana-Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa). Generally they ask how the political regimes and the socio-political and historical context of African public administrations affect the authority and use of knowledge and public institutions, the formation of professions and the recruitment of professionals into public administration.
The book investigates the status of professionalism in administrative and political decision-making and how advances or setbacks in the use of knowledge in public administration impacts on the structure, legitimacy and effectiveness of African states.This book will be useful for students and scholars in political science and public administration generally and African public administration in particular.
Practitioners and the informed public will also find this collection an invaluable accessory.Contents:PART A: Introduction- Editors' presentation of idea and contributionsPART B: Conceptual Issues- Professionalism in African settings- Towards Understanding some Obstacles to Professionalism in Africa: A View through Contextual LensesPART C: Ghana- The Politics of Professionalization, Africanization and Reorganization of the Post-Colonial Ghanaian Civil Service- Comparing Professional Traditions in Ghana and Cote d'IvoirePART D: Tanzania- The space for knowledge in Tanzanian politics is not there- Professionalism and Governance in Africa: a case from TanzaniaPART E: Zambia- Professionalisation of the Foreign Service in ZambiaPART F: Zimbabwe- Professionalism and the Role of Zimbabwe's Defence Forces in Peacekeeping Operations- Professionalising the Nursing Profession in Zimbabwe- Engineers between Power and Trust: The cases of telecommunication administration in Mozambique and ZimbabwePART G: South Africa- Professionalism in the South African Republic Service: Current Issues and Prospects for the Third MillenniumPART H: Conclusions
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