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The Native System Of Government: A Summary And An Assessment

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In spite of their multitudinous variations, Africa's native political institutions showed a remarkable degree of structural similarity. African political systems and languages may be diverse and multitudinous. However, there were many basic beliefs, practices, and institutions that were common to them. The seeming diversity of the native political institutions derived principally from modifications in administrative procedures and different local names for the component structures, rules of succession, powers of regional heads, checks and balances of royal power, and the degree of autonomy under which the villages and the provinces were administered. Despite these differences, sufficient generalities can be gleaned to draw up an indigenous African constitution. "In the first half of the 19th Century, European immigrants who settled in the Midwest and the Far West of North America developed their own brand of kritarchy. Under kritarchy, there are no politicians to establish rules and limit other people's freedoms.

Keywords: African political systems; European immigrants; indigenous African constitution; kritarchy; native political institutions



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