Intergovernmental Cooperation and Economic Policymaking in Post-1999 Nigeria: Towards A New Political Economy of Federal Governance

David U Enweremadu


This paper reviews the institutional framework for policymaking in post 1999 Nigeria, with specific reference to federal practice and its effects on economic policymaking under the Fourth Republic. It argues that the federal institutional framework for making public policy generally, and economic policy in palticular, has faced challenges of intergovernmental coordination and cooperation since the return to civilian rule in ] 999. Thus, as the scope of what constitutes state's spheres of competence "increase, to incorporate many issues hitherto considered federal jurisdiction, the central government is finding more of its policies being challenged by increasingly assertive state governments. The paper contends that this changing institutional environment has produced significant negative consequences for the coordination of economic policies, and by extension good economic governance in Nigeria, making it necessary to focus more on improving inter govern menial coordination, including on the ways to induce Nigeria's centrally funded states and localities to contribute more effectively to national macro-economical stabilization, planning and reform, than on decentralisation.

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