Liberian Democracy: A Critique of the Principle of Checks and Balances

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AuthorHouse, Sep 27, 2014 - Political Science - 124 pages
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Development is stagnated, and poverty is widespread in Liberia because the Legislature is weak, corrupt and greedy, thereby pursuing self-interested agenda at the detriment of the general public. The Judiciary is also corrupt and subservient to the Executive, which dominates and controls state resources. This writer explains why the Legislature and Judiciary are weak, corrupt, inefficient and ineffective. He proposes how these dormant branches of government could become more effective and robust to curb presidential dominance by upholding the principle of checks and balances in Liberia’s democracy. He also argues that mass illiteracy leads electorates to electing incompetent legislators. The writer further points out that widespread illiteracy undermines most of the citizens’ capacity to critically and rationally analyse National Policies. Hence, they usually fail to hold their legislators or government accountable. The writer maintains that to alleviate poverty and transform Liberia into a developmental state, the Legislature needs to assume its role by becoming robust, efficient and effective. It must promulgate pro-poor laws and policies intended to alleviate widespread poverty. This will engender national development. He concludes that the National Legislature, through prudent budgetary allocation, needs to promote infrastructural development, the right to food, equitable access to quality education, healthcare, safe drinking water, and public housing.

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Born 19 March 1973 in Harrisburg, Montserrado County, Liberia, Thomas Kaydor, Jr. is at the Crawford School of Economics and Governance, Australian National University reading Master of Public Policy specialising in Development Policy and Master of Diplomacy. He holds M.A (High Distinction) in International Relations and B.A (Magna Cum Laude) in Political Science from the University of Liberia. He graduated from St. Francis High School, Maryland County. Tom Kaydor earned a Diploma in Management and Development of NGOs from the Galilee College, Israel; Certificate-Human Rights Based Approach & Results Based Management from UN System Staff College, Turin, Italy; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and Negotiation from the Islamabad Foreign Service Academy, Pakistan. He served as Assistant Minister for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liberia; UN Coordination & Common Services Adviser at UNDP Ethiopia, and UN Coordination Analyst in the Integrated Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC/RR-Liberia.

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