Institutions matter because of the way they constrain actors’ choices and thereby influence the attainment of preferred collective outcomes. This paper seeks to establish the composition of a key political institution in one African country, the office of Member of Parliament in Ghana. Consideration is given to both the formal rules and the informal norms which constitute the institution. An interview-based study carried out in 2008 is used to explore both the composition of the institution and its relationship to how actors behave, i.e. what the office holders provide in terms of public, collective, club, and private goods.
London, UK, Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP), 20 pp.