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Kenya: The Struggle for a New Constitutional Order

The aftermath of recent Kenyan elections has been marred by violence and an apparent crisis in democratic governance, with the negotiated settlement resulting from the 2007 election bringing into sharp focus longstanding problems of state and society. The broader reform process has involved electoral, judicial and security sector reforms, among others, which in turn revolve around constitutional reforms.

Murunga, Okello and Sjögren, an eminent gathering of specialists, interrogate in this highly original volume about the roots and impacts of the 2010 constitution; explain why struggles for reforms were blocked in the past but were successful this time around, and explore the scope for their implementation in the face of continued resistance by powerful groups. In doing so, the book demonstrates that the Kenyan experience carries significance well past its borders, speaking to debates surrounding social justice and national cohesion across the African continent and beyond.

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