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

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

by Pierre du Toit
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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.

International Affairs
A very useful resource for students of comparative politics, international studies, and African affairs.
Journal of Modern African Studies
Du Toit's book represents a landmark achievement as the first rigorously argued comparative analysis of political institutions in Southern Africa.

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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