Edward Brenya

Edward Brenya
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology | KNUST · Department of History and Political Studies

PhD (WVU-US), MA in Pol Sc. (WVU-US), MPA (OU-US), MA in Int. Affairs (OU-US), BA in Pol Sc (UG-Ghana)

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In Ghana, political parties have proven to be guardians of its democracy. But unfortunately, they are doing very little toward the permanent institutionalization of democracy as party building is for ‘the next election’. Drawing on a mixed method research design that uses secondary qualitative and quantitative data from archived newspaper and digit...
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The study aimed to investigate the relationship between organizational environment antecedents and their impact on performance management among local government authorities and to further understand the role of the stakeholder and political support in the performance monitoring and review of local governments. The study used quantitative research d...
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The phenomenon of terrorism has gained currency in the contemporary period, nonetheless, ongoing discussions have not significantly addressed some critical issues of this canker.This paper draws on interviews and documentary analysis to unravel the dynamics and options for curbing the emerging threat of terrorism in Ghana. This paper submits that a...
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Public policy scholars and analysts have advocated specific policy models as the most realistic for explaining policy adoption during crisis. Using four models: policy stream metaphor, lesson drawing, advocacy coalition framework, and interest groups theory, this study examines policy adoption to address the coronavirus pandemic by four countries:...
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Secessionism or separatism has featured prominently in the literature on state formation and statehood, especially in post-colonial settings such as Africa where complex historical and socio-political developments have often turned nationalism into separatists movements and security crises. While the debates largely view colonial structures as key...
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Youth participation in public policies such as the employment policy process has gained prominence in academic and policy literature. Despite this, research on youth participation in the employment policy process has received little attention in Ghana. This paper draws on documentary analysis to unlock the challenging pathways of youth participatio...
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Over the last five years, there has been a downward trend in the BECE performance by pupils in the Basic schools of military barracks in Ghana. The military high command has been concerned about the current performance of pupils in the BECE, and the responsibility lies with the Directorate of Education of the Ghana Armed forces to undertake all eff...
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Youth participation in public policies such as employment policy process has gained prominence in academic and policy literature. Despite this, research on youth participation in the employment policy process has received little attention in Ghana. This paper draws on documentary analysis to unlock the challenging pathways of youth participation in...
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Several pandemics have been reported throughout history. The Black Death, Spanish flu, SARs and MERs among many others have received attention by earlier and recent scholarships due to their impact on humanity. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, scholars anticipated future outbreaks with the same, if not greater, impact. The coronavirus which spread...
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Healthcare delivery issues are managerial though they are sometimes tied to national policies. There is therefore the call for effective management practices in healthcare facilities. However, there is no specific management training system for doctors and other staff who become chief executive officers of these facilities. This paper evaluates the...
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Definitions: Organizational Capacity is the human and non-human resources required to effectively identify problems, develop programs, and evaluate such programs for it to succeed. Performance Management is the deliberate action taken by organizations to bring about efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services for the public good.
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Background Tobacco use and tobacco-induced diseases are rapidly increasing in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Addressing this problem requires both tobacco use prevention and cessation. This study examined the rate of smoking cessation and assessed effects of tobacco control policies (TCPs) on cessation among adults in SSA. Methods During 2012 and 2014,...
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Background Secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure continues to be a major problem across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Studies have called for immediate steps to address SHS exposure in SSA. Although several SSA countries are implementing smoke-free policies (SFPs), public support of these policies can affect their success. While support for SFPs has been stu...
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This paper discusses the issue of nuclear energy in Ghana, although the country is not operating a nuclear plant, the study focuses on the energy crisis that persistently hit the country and government's plans to opt for nuclear energy as part of Ghana's energy's mix to cater for the shortfalls in Ghana's electricity generation. Ghana after indepen...
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The aftermath of World War II in 1945 witnessed the dawn of a new era of global development system. Over 50 years down the line, globalisation has not brought true global development as is evident in the development gap between countries. The paper examines development trajectories of countries since the colonial era and attempts to explain the fac...
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Public health in twenty-first century Ghana is mired with several issues ranging from the inadequacy of public health facilities, improper settlement planning, insanitary conditions, and the inadequacy of laws and their implementation. This situation compared to the colonial era is a direct contradiction. Development in the pre-colonial era to the...
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This article is basically a commentary on some sections on infant and maternalhealthcare of the 2008 demographic and health survey of Ghana. The attention of bothpolicy makers and academics are drawn to the need to ensure the expansion of thematernal and infant healthcare in Ghana. In same commentary, attention of readershave been drawn to the proc...
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The Balkan question is both a historical and a political one. With the coming together of some European countries to form the European Union (EU); it became necessary for these countries to forge head both on the economic and the political fronts. This in essence has accentuated the gains made by these European countries but it has had its attendan...
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Concerning history, several people across the globe perceive or think that it is mostly about past events and also about dead people. Some trained historians, whether in ancient histories or contemporary histories, have sometimes vehemently concluded that the historian or the writer of history cannot draw conclusions but he can only make inferences...
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Civil servants are perceived to possess altruistic motive known as Civil Service Motivation (PSM) which promotes public interest as confirmed in some developed countries. Using the Ejisu-Juabeng Municipality as a case study, this article assesses the existence of PSM in the Ghanaian public sector and finds that PSM exists in the public service but...
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The consolidation of African Democracy hinges on the call for true Africans to understand their own socio-cultural evolution that synchronizes with a discerning choice of political ideologies and types. This to an extent will minimize the loses made as a result of a wholesale imbibing of western democratic ideals that are seemingly alien to the Afr...
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Nursing in Ghana is a crucial subject that permeates almost every issue in the society especially the field of hospital care. To a large extent, the frontiers of nursing have expanded since the time of Florence Nightingale. Globally some studies have been done to study nursing icons like her. The values in nursing practice however continue to preoc...
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The article focuses on the internal forces that have influenced Africa’s Democracy over the past decades. It pays attention to the analyses of secondary literature that covers democracy and development with much emphasis on Africa. By this article Africa’s attention is drawn to best practices and appropriate ways of leading the Democratic future of...
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This paper examines the marijuana usage among university students in Ghana. A focused interview was done to solicit information from users of the drug. It paid attention to thematic areas that are replete in the existing literature concerning the use of marijuana and its ramifications on student users of the drug. Attention is paid to the factors t...
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It is perceived by many that communities in Ghana that host large scale mining activities are affluent and outpace several other communities in terms of socio-economic development. This seems not to be the case. This notwithstanding, mining companies have an obligation to fulfil towards the communities they operate within as part of their Corporate...
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The government of Ghana from the 1990s has tried a lot of policies to finance healthcare in Ghana. Different policies were introduced by different governments until 2003 when President John Agyekum Kuffour introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The study was carried out to find out the impact of NHIS on maternal healthcare at the A...
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The argument for Africa’s advancement has primarily been discussed on various fronts and amply tied to democracy and development. This notwithstanding, such discourse has neglected the evolutionary process of our political history and development. The need for this review article however, is to reinvigorate the need for African leaders and politica...
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A Presentation on the Concept of Nationalism and Patriotism in Nation Building at the POSA-HISOK and Social Science Society Symposium at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 13th November, 2015
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This research aimed at outlining the various effects of artisanal mining on the Prestea community in Ghana, measures adopted to minimize these effects as well as recommendations and the way forward. Artisanal mining is a worldwide phenomenon and Ghana is no exception. Prestea is a community endowed with gold and located in the Western Region of Gha...
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The Ejisu-Juaben Health Insurance Scheme (EJHIS), a municipal health insurance scheme in the Asante Region, provides insurance cards to subscribers in the municipality to access affordable health care from accredited health facilities. The study was carried out to find out the extent to which health care is accessible and affordable to the people a...
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The Ejisu-Juaben Health Insurance Scheme (EJHIS), a municipal health insurance scheme in the Asante Region, provides insurance cards to subscribers in the municipality to access affordable health care from accredited health facilities. The study was carried out to find out the extent to which health care is accessible and affordable to the people a...
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The management of natural resource has been central to the instabilities that have engulfed countries in sub Saharan Africa. Ghana is endowed with diverse mineral resource including gold, diamond and bauxite among others. The recent discovery of petroleum oil and the agitation of citizens of western region for a share of the proceeds of the oil nec...
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Mainstreaming women through gender specific policies is an acknowledged precondition for achieving meaningful development in any developing country like Ghana. This paper evaluates the extent to which women participate in local governance in the districts/metropolitan assemblies' level in Ghana with a special focus on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assemb...
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1. Background We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, government is instituted among men deriving their just power from the consent of the governed (Thoma...
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Ghana's new status as an oil-producing country has invigorated the scholarly debate on the resource curse theory, which assumes that countries with vast natural resource wealth like oil, diamond and gold are likely to experience slow economic growth and development as compared to countries with scarce natural resources. Although the development lit...
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Global concern for good leadership and democracy necessitates an examination of how good governance impacts the growth and development of a country. Since independence, Ghana has made giant strides towards good governance and democracy. Jerry John Rawlings has ruled the country for significant period of the three decades. Rawlings emerged on the po...
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Plato has generally been condemned for his criticism of the Athenian democracy and exposition for knowledgeable individuals to take leadership positions, thus, using the review of secondary materials to examine the flaws in African Democracy, it finds that Plato was not necessarily against democracy but he was only concerned with leaders who provid...
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Political instability in the form of labour unrest has become an alarming issue and a threat to many governments including Ghana. Often poor implementation of labour policies attracts political instability. Workers resort to labour unrest when government fails to address their labour grievances. This paper uses the labour unrest that has been witne...
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The paper examines the role of tobacco interest groups in obstructing the adoption of tobacco control policies in developing countries using the interest groups and global advocacy network theories. Specifically, it combines expert interviews with review of secondary materials to examine the strategies to promote the adoption of a tobacco control l...
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A special court chaired by Justice William Atuguba to adjudicate the 2012 presidential electoral dispute handed a landmark verdict to settle an electoral dispute between the New Patriotic Party, the National Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, and the Electoral Commission on 29 th August, 2013. The verdict was preceded by contempt char...
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This article focuses on the review and a critical appraisal of the facts on cannabis or marijuana. The global scientific arguments that the existence of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9 THC) causes a certain degree of harm to the brain especially for persons in their teenage years and even for those below the age of 23-25 years have been looke...
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_______________________________________________________________________________________ Abstract The need for an effective public-private partnership, in which the civil society plays an active role in development agenda, has been stressed upon by researchers and global institutions alike since the 1990. Using the social contract theory and the str...
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The provision of healthcare in Ghana from the pre-colonial period to the 4 th Republic has been characterized by struggles to maintain dominance. While the politics in the pre-independence period focused on the manner of providing healthcare, the post-independence period encapsulates healthcare financing. Using the interest groups theory, the study...
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Since the aftermath of the World Commission on Environment and Development, policymakers and researchers have become concerned about finding lasting solutions to the challenges of sustainable development. Rapid economic growth and new technology have been identified as vital solutions to the attainment of sustainable development. U s i n g t h e r...
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This article focuses on how accommodation reforms have impacted the lives of students in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Attention has been paid to history of the various residency and non-residency policies since the inception of the university. The study re-hushes the fact that the prevailing conditions in 1960 are vastly diff...
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The developmental policies of the World Bank in developing countries have come under serious criticism as being anti-development. Critics often cite conditions such as the removal of healthcare and educational subsidies attached to Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) and Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) relief programmes of the Bank as being...
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The tobacco control network has been finding ways to prevent a tobacco epidemic in developing countries through the adoption of tobacco control laws. However, their efforts are obstructed by the tobacco companies. Using transnationalism and transnational advocacy network theories, the study examines new strategies adopted by the tobacco control net...
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The tobacco companies continue to resist the adoption of tobacco control laws in developing countries in spite of the predicted high risk of a tobacco epidemic in those areas. In contrast to previous studies which focused on the developed and middle income countries and concluded that interest groups impact policy making, this study examines the st...
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The tobacco companies continue to resist the efforts of NGOs and IGOs for promoting the adoption of laws that will prevent a tobacco epidemic in the developing countries. Using the global advocacy network, the multi-level policy transfer, and the liberal-constructivist theories, this book examines the politics characterizing the adoption of tobacco...
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This study applies agenda setting theory mostly used to examine policy making in western countries to understand educational policymaking in Ghana. It draws on a case study on the role of the Asante Traditional Council and rulers in the adoption of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), a program that allows the public to participate in the fina...

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