Pan-Africanism and Federalism
Article by Bjørn Møller in the journal Perspectives on Federalism
The journal Perspectives on Federalism, published by the Centro Studi sul Federalismo in Spain, in its vol. 2, no. 3, includes an article by senior researcher Bjørn Møller (Defence and Security) on “Pan-Africanism and Federalism in Africa.” Besides a theoretical introduction to the concept of federalism and its various forms, the article provides an overview and analysis of the various forms of constitutional and informal federalism in Africa of today as well as of the several federalist schemes which were proposed (generally in vain) on the eve of independence around 1960. It also critically reviews the surprisingly strong ideology of Pan-Africanism which contains many problematic elements. If its vision of a united Africa is ever to be implemented, it will most likely be in the shape of a form of African federation. The article can be downloaded here.