Kenya

Constitution of Kenya

Resource Type: 
Constitutions
Year: 
1999

This constitution is available in English.

Kenya Standing Orders

Resource Type: 
Standing Orders
Year: 
2008

This document is available in English.

Constituency Development Funds Are a Massive Misunderstanding

This article in International Budget Partnership cites findings by Robert Mattes and the late Joel Barkan on the misunderstanding and spread of CDFs in Africa. Read the article.

Are Africa's politicians value for money?

This article in The Africa Report makes use of ALP data to compare the characteristics of legislatures in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Read the article.

Kenya Country Report

Publication type: 
Country Reports
Year: 
2010
Author(s): 
Joel D. Barkan and Fred Matiangi
Description: 

Kenya’s National Assembly or “Parliament” is arguably one of the two most significant national legislatures on the African continent. It is the most independent in terms of the degree of formal and real autonomy it enjoys from the executive branch. It is also a popular body. In survey conducted by the Gallup organization in June 2008, 67 percent of Kenyans approved of the operations of the House (Gallup 2008).

The African Legislatures Project: First Findings

Publication type: 
Working Papers
Year: 
2010
Author(s): 
Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar, and Kimberly Smiddy
Description: 

This report presents the “first findings” from the African Legislatures Project or ALP. The report is based on the preliminary coding and analysis of data obtained from research in six countries—Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa (MP survey findings from South Africa are not presented as that element of the project is still in progress). Because the purpose of ALP is to achieve a comparative understanding of legislative institutions across Africa, and is funded from multiple sources, we have adopted the practice of including data from as many countries as possible when we present findings from the project. Field research for ALP began in late February 2008 and is expected to continue through the end of 2010 as the work proceeds seriatim in 18 African countries.

Kenya’s Tortuous Path to Successful Legislative Development

Publication type: 
Books and Chapters
Year: 
2009
Author(s): 
Joel D. Barkan and Fred Matiangi
Description: 

Chapter in Barkan, J.D. (Ed.). 2009. Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies. Lynne Rienner Publishers.

ISBN: 
978-1-58826-688-0

Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies

Publication type: 
Books and Chapters
Year: 
2009
Author(s): 
Joel D. Barkan
Description: 

A puzzle underpins this groundbreaking study of legislative development in Africa: Why are variations in the extent of legislative authority and performance across the continent only partially related, if at all, to the overall level of democratization? And if democratization is not the prime determinant of legislative authority, what is? Exploring the constraints that have retarded the development and power of legislatures across Africa—and how members of some legislatures are breaking free of those constraints—the authors shed new light on the impact of the legislative branch on the political process in six emerging African democracies.

ISBN: 
978-1-58826-688-0
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