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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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A very useful resource for students of comparative politics, international studies, and African affairs.

Du Toit's book represents a landmark achievement as the first rigorously argued comparative analysis of political institutions in Southern Africa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878379467
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Africa's Future: Democratic Stability or Impending Anarchy? 1
Pt. I Botswana: The Strong State and Strong Society 15
Pt. II Zimbabwe: The Strong Society and Weakening State 75
Pt. III South Africa: From Apartheid to the Autonomous State? 149
Pt. IV Toward Sustainable Democracy 215
Epilogue 243
Appendix: State Building and Conflict in Divided Societies 249
Notes 281
Index 341
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