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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Ethics, accountability and good governance: the case of Swaziland
Author:Dlamini, Musa P.
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
Subjects:political systems
public administration
civil service
Abstract:Ethics, accountability and good governance are far from institutionalized in Swaziland as a result of the patrimonial nature of the Swazi State. Moreover, the promulgation of Decree No. 2 of 2001 that consolidated the 1973 Proclamation outlawing political parties and ushering in a state of emergency, though subsequently repealed, is nonetheless an indication that accountability and good governance do not rank high in the national priorities of the Swaziland government. The relative weakness of institutions such as the legislature, interest groups and the mass media, which could provide checks and balances and thus promote accountability and good governance, has led to a situation in which the activities of the executive arm of government are not subject to sufficient scrutiny. In addition, the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the civil service seriously threatens the implementation of much-needed development programmes and projects. Bibliogr., postscript. (Pages 25-35 following the article contain the text of the Swaziland Public Service Charter issued by the Office of the Prime Minister.) [ASC Leiden abstract]