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Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa: The Pursuit of Freedom as Dignity
     

Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa: The Pursuit of Freedom as Dignity

by H. Kotze, Pierre du Toit
 

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South Africa's transition to democracy was met by the global audience with at first, disbelief, followed later by applause. After fifteen years of democracy big questions remain: has a more democratic regime also lead to a more liberal society? And has democracy made for a more peaceful society?

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South Africa's transition to democracy was met by the global audience with at first, disbelief, followed later by applause. After fifteen years of democracy big questions remain: has a more democratic regime also lead to a more liberal society? And has democracy made for a more peaceful society?

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"Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa provides an extensive analysis of the evolution of elite and public attitudes toward liberal values of trust, tolerance, and respect for state authority to assess the extent to which leadership and broader social change has accompanied the formal, legal, and institutional transition to a democratic system in South Africa. In richly detailed empirical analysis, carefully set in leading theories of democratization and researched with impressive precision, du Toit and Kotzé reveal that for urban poor South Africans, especially, unless economic and social change can yield more profound dignity, the process of democratization remains very much incomplete. In sum, this book combines a compelling argument with rigorous research to tap into the challenges of democracy s consolidation in post-apartheid South Africa, a county which is a critical test case for theories of democratization overall." - Timothy D. Sisk, Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

"South Africa s transition to democracy has been one of the most dramatic and has shown many skeptics to be wrong. This book by two of the continent s leading political scientists paints a realistic picture of recent developments based on general population and elite surveys extending over more than two decades. It shows some of the achievements in creating a more democratic, egalitarian, and peaceful political culture, but also some of the remaining tensions and challenges. Required reading for everyone concerned!" - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Ph.D, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany

"This book asks whether democracy has made South Africa a more liberal and more peaceful society. Du Toit and Kotzé seek answers by analyzing changing attitudes and values of the South African public and South African elites in recent decades. In doing so, they provide unique insights into South African society." - Ronald Inglehart, Professor, Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230108882
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
12/14/2010
Edition description:
2011
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Pierre du Toit is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 1992 he was awarded a Peace Fellowship from the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, with a focus on the role of the state in democratic transitions.   The results of this research were published in the book State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa – Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa (1995).  His subsequent research has been on the durability of negotiated peace settlements. His latest book on this topic is South Africa's Brittle Peace: The Problem of Post-Settlement Violence (2001).

Hennie Kotzé is a Professor of Politics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has co-authored three books and a number of monographs, including Elite and Democratisation – An Exploratory Survey of the South African Elites and as editor, A Future South Africa? Prospects for 1999 and Beyond and Consolidating Democracy: What Role for Civil Society in South Africa, as well as more than 60 articles in national and international journals on comparative political behavior, public policy and South African politics.

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