State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa

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US Institute of Peace Press, 1995 - 355 Seiten
Traditional democratic institutions have not easily taken root in African soil. Too often, attempts at cultivating democratic norms have foundered, leaving anarchy or authoritarianism. What, then, are the chances that South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy will endure?

With this question in mind, South African political scientist Pierre du Toit probes the conditions under which democracy can grow. He examines three southern African states that, despite similarities, have very different track records: Botswana, perhaps the most successful democracy in continental Africa; Zimbabwe, where a partial democracy is faltering; and South Africa, just beginning it's bold experiment.

Weighing the impact of each country's heritage, ethnic composition, and economic circumstances, du Toit demonstrates that democratic outcomes depend on the nature and strength of the state. Democratic practices are embedded in a broader network of state and societal instiutions; only if these institutions are robust and resilient can democracy flourish.
 

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Introduction
1
Part I
15
Part II
75
Reconstituting State and Society
115
Part III
149
Part IV
215
Epilogue
243
Appendix
249
Notes
281
Index
341
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Über den Autor (1995)

Pierre du Toit is professor of political science at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and the author of numerous articles on democratization and institution-building. He was a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1992-93.

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