Liberia: Study of Liberian Government and its Relationship to American Government

By Darryl Nettles.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The Republic of Liberia derives its name from the Latin word liber, meaning free. Liberia is unique among African nations – it was founded in 1847 by freed American slaves and unlike, many African nations, it never was a colony of another country. This small nation is located on the West Coast of Africa and is approximately the size of the state of Mississippi. The basis of this research is to understand the similarities and differences of Liberian and American government. The country’s earliest constitution modeled that of the United States but denied the majority of the population many of the constitutional rights that should have been extended to all inhabitants. This constitution served as the basis and ideal of government in Liberia during the tenure of the first Republic for over one hundred thirty years (Liebenow, 1987). Despite Liberia's strong ties with the U.S., it does not have a conventional colonial history. However the indigenous groups considered the returning slaves as colonizers. The Liberian government is divided into federal and state components, and embodies three branches of federal government: executive, legislative and judiciary. The Liberian constitution state's that the branches are “Consistent with the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances”. According to the United States State Department, Liberia has a bicameral legislature consisting of 66 representatives and 30 senators. Historically, the executive branch greatly influences the legislature and judicial systems, the latter being largely dysfunctional for now. Because Liberian founders considered Liberia as one state, the fifteen counties in Liberia are equivalent to the fifty states in the United States of America.

Keywords: Liberia, Liberian Government, American Government

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 496.536KB).

Darryl Nettles

Graduate Student, Department of Public Administration, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia, USA

Minister Darryl Angelo Nettles is the eldest of six children, originally from Leroy, Alabama (Small town about an hour north of Mobile, Alabama). He has lived in Jackson, South Carolina for over three years. Minister Nettles currently resides in Augusta, Georgia and is an associate minister at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Augusta. He is the Director of Children and Youth Evangelism at Mt. Calvary. He is also active in Prison Ministry at the Augusta Transitional Center and the Augusta Regional Youth Detention Center through Mt. Calvary’s outreach ministries. Min. Nettles has been a licensed minister for over ten years. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Stillman College located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and works as a Radiation Safety Technician at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Aiken Technical College where he teaches mathematics. Min. Nettles is very active in his community outside of church. He is the immediate past secretary for the Augusta-Richmond County branch of the NAACP. He is also the Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee for the local NAACP for the past two years. This committee sponsors an Annual “NAACP Ecumenical Religious Leaders Prayer Breakfast”. Minister Nettles’ future plans include continuing his education in International Relations and Theology. He recently received a Master in Theology degree from the Southern Bible Institute and Seminary in Augusta, GA. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration through Augusta State University.

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