An in-depth look at the development of democracy in Namibia during the year the Regional and National Councils began to function.
Namibia's Post-Apartheid Regional Institutions is an examination of the development of regional policy-making and organizational behavior of Namibia's regional institutions in their founding year, as they were established after independence from South Africa in 1990. The study emphasizes the importance of focusing on the microlevel dynamics and communications of public organizations in order to understand the intricacies of decentralization, in Namibia asin other parts of the world. The author shows clearly that a focus on the capacity-building activities of elected regional councils and parliaments can reveal important aspects of the strengthening of new democracies.
Joshua Bernard Forrest is associate professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and an expert on state-building in sub-Saharan Africa.