BP52: Popular opinions on local government in Ghana

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Briefing papers

Ghana embarked on a comprehensive program of local government decentralization in the late 1980s. The program launched by the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) represents the most comprehensive effort at decentralization in the country’s post-colonial era. Proposals launched in 1987 culminated in the introduction of the District Assemblies Law (PNDC Law 207) in 1988. Its provisions for the structure and functions of the District Assemblies (DAs) were subsequently incorporated into the 1992 Republican Constitution.  After nearly two decades of decentralization reforms, what are the opinions of Ghanaians about local government authority? In this paper, we use Afrobarometer Round 4 data from Ghana to explore this question.