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Legitimacy, Authority and the Transfer of Power in Ghana

Summary of Article by Richard C. Crook

Authority and legitimacy mostly become a problem in most post-colonial states due to the legacies of inheriting colonial boundaries and colonially determined structures of authority and the meanings associated with them. The author examines the validity of this thesis in the context of Ghana by analysing changes in the kinds of legitimacy claimed by the state from the colonial period through decolonization to independence.