Tara Boulton

Publication Date

Fall 2004


This study looks at the interactions between the traditional authorities and the local government in Ghana. By first approaching the interface from the historical context, a foundation is crated for better understanding current perceptions. Members of the two systems were interviewed on their roles in development and maintenance of law and order at the local level. These interviews identified present areas of conflict, enabling the prescription of more efficient interactions in the future. The study concludes that stress on the local government could be effectively alleviated through increased conversation with the traditional authorities, specifically by defining representation of the traditional authority in the district assemblies and at the local council level, as well as promoting adjudication by the traditional authority as a viable option for alternative conflict resolution in the district courts.