Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 194

Full Length Research Paper

A qualitative study of Chieftaincy and Local Government in Ghana

Kwame Asamoah
University of Ghana Business School, Legon-Accra, Ghana.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 February 2012
  •  Published: 30 April 2012



It is widely argued that chiefs do not play any meaningful role in local government in Ghana as they used to; since there is an existing structure which is responsible for local governance in Ghana. In recent times, this debate has been raging on ferociously to the extent that people want the chieftaincy institution to be abolished. This qualitative study uses the institutional framework to assess the role of chiefs in local government. The article found that chiefs play a critical role in socio-economic and cultural development in Ghana and should be given a prominent role in local government administration in Ghana.


Key words: Chieftaincy institution, local government, administration, socio-economic, cultural development in Ghana.