One may look upon the now unfolding events in Burkina Faso from the point of view of rule of law, interpreted with the so-called principal-agent model in the social sciences. Why, then, do many countries in Africa and Asia score low on rule of law, not resolving the principal-agent problem successfully? Is this a legacy from Western colonialism or oriental despotism and tribal forms of power? The principal-agent problem in politics and public administration refers to how the people as principal – demos - empower the political leaders and their bureaucrats to govern the country. The principal-agent contract consists of promises about what these agents will do as well as what they may expect in remuneration. The mutual understanding between the principal and the agents – political consideration – tends to become institutionalised. Thus, constitutional and administrative law and praxis make up political consideration.
Key words: Constitutional and administrative law, dimensions of rule of law: rule of law I, rule of law II, democracy, World Bank Governance Project, dimensions of good governance, principal-agent theory of politics and public administration, the Africa-Asia deficit on rule of law.
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