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Mtopa, Arnold Misiya (1989) Legal Aspects of the Central Role of the United National Independence Party in Zambia. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00033717

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Abstract

This Thesis sets out to consider the effects of law on the status of a political party, namely the United National Independence Party in Zambia, and to determine the extent and nature of its role. There is no doubt that political parties are important social and political institutions although not much has been written about their legal origins, status and role. Constitutional lawyers prefer to avoid any reference to political parties if they can. This thesis examines some legal aspects of the evolution and role of the United National Independence Party. The study consists of eleven Chapters. Chapter I traces the historical development of political parties in the Commonwealth and looks at some definitions of 'political party'. Chapter II sets out the historical background to the constitutional development of the Republic of Zambia. Chapter III sets out the legal framework within which the United National Independence Party emerged and operates to-day. Chapter IV examines some changes in the Constitution of Zambia that brought about the central role of the United National Independence Party. The Chapter looks also at the mode the Party is organized and its top leadership is chosen. Chapter V examines the role of the United National Independence Party in public administration and Chapter VI looks at Public Law under a One-Party system. The relationship between the Party and Parliament is considered in Chapter VII. The relationship between the Party and Local Authorities is considered in Chapter VIII. The relationship between the United National Independence Party and the labour movement (trade unions) is considered in Chapter IX. The role of the Party in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy is considered in Chapter X. Chapter XI contains the Conclusion.

Item Type: Theses (PhD)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses > Proquest
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00033717
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 17:19
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/33717

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