New PDF release: A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a

By Donald L. Horowitz

ISBN-10: 0520078853

ISBN-13: 9780520078857

ISBN-10: 0585299803

ISBN-13: 9780585299808

Can a society as deeply divided as South Africa develop into democratic? In a such a lot well timed paintings, Donald L. Horowitz, writer of the acclaimed Ethnic teams in clash, issues to the stipulations that make democracy an implausible final result in South Africa. while, he identifies how one can conquer those stumbling blocks, and he describes associations that provide structure makers the easiest probability for a democratic future.South Africa is mostly thought of an remoted case, a rustic not like the other. Drawing on his large adventure of racially and ethnically divided societies, even though, Horowitz brings South Africa again into African and comparative politics. event won in Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and different divided societies world wide is appropriate simply because, as South Africa leaves apartheid in the back of, it is going to nonetheless confront difficulties of pluralism: racial, ethnic, and ideological. nations like South Africa, Horowitz argues, needs to improve associations able to dealing with such divisions.Reviewing an array of constitutional proposals for South Africa--group rights, consociation, partition, binationalism, and an stronger function for the judiciary--Horowitz exhibits that almost all are irrelevant for the country's difficulties, otherwise run afoul of a few significant ideological taboo. associations which are either apt and applicable do exist, in spite of the fact that. those are premised at the have to create incentives for lodging throughout team strains. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Horowitz makes an immense contribution to the speculation of democratization as he considers how commitments to democracy will be extracted even from political teams with undemocratic objectives.Ranging skillfully throughout reports of social distance and stereotypes, electoral and get together structures, constitutions and judiciaries, clash and lodging, and negotiation and democratization, Horowitz screens a wide comparative imaginative and prescient. His leading edge research will swap the best way theorists and practitioners strategy the duty of creating democracy paintings in tricky stipulations.

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C. Jordan (1972) 7. Law, Order, and Liberty in South Africa, by A. S. Mathews (1972) 8. Swaziland: The Dynamics of Political Modernization, by Christian P. Potholm (1972) 9. The South West Africa / Namibia Dispute: Documents and Scholarly Writings on the Controversy between South Africa and the United Nations, by John Dugard (1973) 10. Confrontation and Accommodation in Southern Africa: The Limits of Independence, by Kenneth W. Grundy (1973) 11. The Rise of Afrikanerdom: Power, Apartheid, and the Afrikaner Civil Religion, by T.

41 While AZAPO and its affiliate, the National Forum, incorporated strong elements of class analysis in their thinking, it was not the sort of orthodox class analysis that rendered thinking along racial lines illegitimate. Virtually all of the Africanist and Black Consciousness groups took the position that the struggle had to proceed without significant White participation. In planning for a future South Africa, a full array of proposals was presented by the opposition over time. As I mentioned earlier, the ANC in the 1920s and the All-African Convention in 1936 advanced overtly partitionist positions, contemplating a division of South Africa into one Black and one White state.

As in other countries, the armed forces might feel obliged to intervene in politics. Page xiii As in many other African countries in particular, the temptation will be strong for some political actors to preempt the democratic process and establish a one-party state. Conflicting racial and ethnic claims may also trigger undemocratic methods of responding to them. The legacy of apartheid is a residue of distrust that will be felt in the political system. In the comparative perspective in which South Africa needs to be set, these inauspicious conditions make the attempt at democratization all the more interesting and important.

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