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: 220


Public administration: Local government and decentralization in Ghana

        Kwame Badu Antwi-Boasiako        
Stephen F. Austin State University, Department of Government, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962, USA.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 29 July 2010
  •  Published: 31 October 2010



      Public administration as an art is defined in the Ghanaian context regarding decentralization and public officials’ accountability.  It examines decentralization, local elections and empowerment. While the paper advocates for regional and district level elections, it uses the literature to argue that local representatives are more accessible to their locals. It questions the current appointment practices by the central government, which has become more partisan than originally intended in the Local Government Act.  To affirm the democratic environment of politics in Ghana, it calls for constitutional amendment regarding decentralization and local government elections. 


Key words: Public administration, decentralization, public officials, accountability, local government elections.