Corpus ID: 142739191

The Efficacy of Federalism in a Multi-Ethnic State: The Nigerian Experience

  title={The Efficacy of Federalism in a Multi-Ethnic State: The Nigerian Experience},
  author={D. Babalola},
  journal={The Journal of Pan-African Studies},
  • D. Babalola
  • Published 2015
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • The Journal of Pan-African Studies
Introduction Federalism became fashionable in the British Commonwealth at the end of the Second World War when the governmental system was promoted as a means of nation-building. The system was seen not as an end in itself, but as a means to achieve some political and economic objectives, good government, as well as national unity, especially in deeply divided societies such as Nigeria, India, and Malaysia. Nigeria, arguably one of the world's ethnically diverse countries with about 350 ethnic… Expand
The patterns of state rebuilding and federalism in Somalia
Public opinions and evaluations of federal systems are important to the functionality and vitality of those systems. Yet little is known about the general public opinion on whether a federal systemExpand
New clamour for “restructuring” in Nigeria: elite politics, contradictions, and good governance
Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999 has led to an emergent type of politics around its federal system, usually expressed in the rhetoric of “political restructuring.” Ostensibly, this is toExpand
Restructuring Nigeria: The Dilemma and Critical Issues
ARTICLE DETAILS ABSTRACT History Revised format: May 2019 Available Online: June 2019 Objective: The main objectives of this paper are to explore the critical issues in the agitations/calls forExpand
Resource control and allocation in Nigerian federalism: The oil dilemma
Resource control and allocation are an integral part of every federal system.But for Nigeria, stiff disagreements, regional, economic and political power game and controversies over the control andExpand
Journal of Business and Social Review in Emerging Economies
Editor in Chief: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Halim Abdul Majid, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia. Managing Editors: Prof. Dr. Ghulam Shabir, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur PakistanExpand


Federalism and Communal Conflict In Nigeria
In a comparative reflection on the success of federalism in multi-communal states, Smith (1995) notes that communal cleavages can be intensified or regulated by federal institutions and practices.Expand
The national question and radical politics in Nigeria
In his introduction to Billy Dudley's posthumous book (1982:8), A.D. Yahaya stated that: The political future of the country as one indivisible nation is resolved with the end of the civil war ... ItExpand
Scholars of federalism have offered different reasons why federations are formed. One of the most notable works in this area is that of William H. Riker, who made no pretence about his attempt toExpand
Structural Change and Political Processes in Nigeria
BETWEEN 1975 and 1979, members of the Nigerian governing class articulated a huge array of constitutional structures and processes to succeed almost fourteen years of military rule. The majorExpand
Approaches to the Study of Federalism
ONE of the features of the post-war world has been the proliferation of constitutions which describe themselves as federal. Not surprisingly, this development has been accompanied by a considerableExpand
The Underdevelopment of Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region: Who is to Blame?
This paper principally expounds the corruption-underdevelopment nexus within the context of the Nigerian rentier state. Specifically, it aims to examine the impact of corruption on the Niger DeltaExpand
  • 2007
Those of us who have spent most of our academic lives in one way or another working in the area of federal studies, whether it be on the Canadian, German or Swiss federations, intergovernmentalExpand
Federalism and ethnic conflict in Nigeria
The evolution of the Nigerian Federation the politics of revenue sharing the struggle for new states and localities the "federal character" principle the politics of population counts issues in theExpand
The Political Basis of Federation.
A predominant note in the speculations of liberal-democratic thinkers on the subject of post-war reconstruction has been an insistence on the need for “some kind of a federation.†As a popularExpand
Federalism and federation
This study of federalism and federation dissects certain problems which have arisen in the description and analysis of the federal form of government. The author does this by applying logicalExpand