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Towards understanding Botswana and South Africa's ambivalence to liberal democracy

de Jager, Nicola ; Sebudubudu, David

Journal of Contemporary African Studies: Botswana at 50: Democratic Deficit, Elite Corruption and Poverty in the Midst of Plenty, 02 January 2017, Vol.35(1), pp.15-33 [Tạp chí có phản biện]

ISSN: 0258-9001 ; E-ISSN: 1469-9397 ; DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2016.1246682

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  • Nhan đề:
    Towards understanding Botswana and South Africa's ambivalence to liberal democracy
  • Tác giả: de Jager, Nicola ; Sebudubudu, David
  • Chủ đề: Botswana ; South Africa ; Liberal Democracy ; African National Congress ; Botswana Democratic Party ; Dominant Party System ; Social Sciences (General) ; History & Archaeology
  • Là 1 phần của: Journal of Contemporary African Studies: Botswana at 50: Democratic Deficit, Elite Corruption and Poverty in the Midst of Plenty, 02 January 2017, Vol.35(1), pp.15-33
  • Mô tả: Despite their recognised democratic successes, Botswana and South Africa have had ambivalent experiences with liberal democracy. It is contended that they fall somewhere in-between what scholars refer to as electoral and liberal democracies; dominant party systems within Carothers' 'gray zone'. Two explanations are offered. The first relates to the underlying political culture of the ruling elite: the liberal democratic values of the founders and early elites of both the African National Congress (ANC) and the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) were never fully embedded; instead, their political cultures were influenced by traditions and ideologies with illiberal values. The second explanation focuses on a key feature of a liberal democracy - restraining of power, namely through encouraging an autonomous civil society and limiting executive access to the state. It is argued that for fear of losing their dominant positions, the ANC and the BDP resist restraints on their access to...
  • Ngôn ngữ: English
  • Số nhận dạng: ISSN: 0258-9001 ; E-ISSN: 1469-9397 ; DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2016.1246682

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