African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 382

Full Length Research Paper

Perspectives on state funding of political parties and the consolidation of constitutional democracy in Ghana, Africa

Samuel Marfo
  • Samuel Marfo
  • SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana.
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Halidu Musah
  • Halidu Musah
  • SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana.
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Festus Owiredu-Amankwah
  • Festus Owiredu-Amankwah
  • Electoral Commission of Ghana.
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  •  Received: 09 June 2021
  •  Accepted: 06 August 2021
  •  Published: 31 August 2021

Abstract

Across Africa, as in Ghana, state funding of political parties continues to generate debates across academic and policy circles. Against this background, three constituencies in the Upper West Region of Ghana were selected purposely to interrogate views of the public on this development. A combined 78 participants were selected in a mixed study design through purposive and quota sampling techniques. Primary data were gathered through focus group discussions and interviews revealed that 72.2% of the respondents favoured direct state funding of political parties indicating this will make multi-party democracy vibrant and competitive. 44.2% favoured full-state funding, whilst 32.7% proposed state-private partnership funding. 27.8% however, disapproved with state funding of political parties arguing that Ghana is already burdened with poor health systems, lack of quality education and unemployment. The study further revealed that the political parties’ programmes and activities proposed to be financed by the state principally include training of party agents, candidates and leaders (42.3%).

 

Key words: Political parties, democracy, state funding, constitution, consolidation.