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Batsani-Ncube, Innocent (2023) 'Purpose-built parliament buildings and the institutionalisation of parliament in Lesotho and Malawi.' Parliamentary Affairs, 76 (4). pp. 947-967.

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Largely inspired by western donor good governance agenda, the current African parliaments literature has overlooked the significance of new parliament buildings that have been constructed by China and tends to place a premium on appraising the performance of parliaments and parliamentarians in executing their legislative, representation, oversight and constituency support. While understanding how parliaments perform is important and necessary, it does not sufficiently address all the ways in which these parliaments are establishing themselves as sustainable political institutions. By disregarding the new parliament buildings, the literature potentially undermines prospects of a wider understanding of the development of African parliamentary institutions. This article leverages the Chinese government donated parliament buildings in Lesotho and Malawi to make a theoretical and comparative case for the utility of discussing the concept of African legislative institutionalisation through and in juxtaposition to, the parliamentary built environment. I find that although there are stylistic and operational differences, the new parliament buildings in Lesotho and Malawi have provided a bespoke parliamentary built environment, enabled the expansion of a cohort of public officials working on legislative business and facilitated the procedural activities of the institution.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Africa, Legislative institutionalisation, Lesotho, Malawi, Parliaments
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Asia, Africa, Australia)
ISSN: 14602482
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 14:42
Funders: European Union

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