Constraining Government Power in Africa

  title={Constraining Government Power in Africa},
  author={Migai Akech},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={106 - 96}
  • M. Akech
  • Published 16 May 2010
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Democracy
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