By Donald L. Horowitz
Can a society as deeply divided as South Africa develop into democratic? In a so much well timed paintings, Donald L. Horowitz, writer of the acclaimed Ethnic teams in clash, issues to the stipulations that make democracy a fantastic end result in South Africa. even as, he identifies how you can triumph over 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 in contrast to the other. Drawing on his wide event of racially and ethnically divided societies, in spite of the fact that, Horowitz brings South Africa again into African and comparative politics. event received in Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and different divided societies around the globe is correct simply because, as South Africa leaves apartheid at the back of, it is going to nonetheless confront difficulties of pluralism: racial, ethnic, and ideological. nations like South Africa, Horowitz argues, needs to strengthen 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 the majority are irrelevant for the country's difficulties, in any other case run afoul of a few significant ideological taboo. associations which are either apt and applicable do exist, notwithstanding. those are premised at the have to create incentives for lodging throughout workforce traces. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Horowitz makes a big contribution to the speculation of democratization as he considers how commitments to democracy may be extracted even from political teams with undemocratic objectives.Ranging skillfully throughout experiences of social distance and stereotypes, electoral and social gathering structures, constitutions and judiciaries, clash and lodging, and negotiation and democratization, Horowitz monitors a wide comparative imaginative and prescient. His cutting edge examine will swap the way in which theorists and practitioners procedure the duty of constructing democracy paintings in tricky stipulations.
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Extra resources for A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 46)
A Simple Majoritarian View. Whether South Africa is or is not 14. , Negotiating South Africa's Future (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989), pp. 11429. 15. Most of these efforts are discussed in Arend Lijphart, Power-Sharing in South Africa (Berkeley: University of California Institute of International Studies, 1985), pp. 4782. Among the major contributions are F. van Zyl Slabbert and David Welsh, South Africa's Options: Strategies for Sharing Power (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1979); Political Commission of the Study Project on Christianity in Apartheid Society, South Africa's Political Alternatives, SPRO-CAS Publication no.
An extremely unequal society, South Africa has practically no political institutions that command broadly acknowledged legitimacy. Instead, it has a significant band of extreme political tendencies, from White fascists to Black Leninists. Shaping an inclusive democracy is therefore a formidable task. If democratic institutions do take hold in South Africa, they will still be threatened from several directions. At least some political forces at the extremes are likely to reject any democratic compromise.
Marilyn Schwartz and Pamela MacFarland facilitated the publication process at every point. So supportive a press has made everything easier. Portions of the book were presented as the Maurice Webb Memorial Lectures at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and Durban. A strong opponent of the policy of racial separation, Maurice Webb was the cofounder of the South African Institute of Race Relations, and 1989 marked the centenary of his birth. I am grateful to the trustees of the Webb Memorial Trust for inviting me, and I am particularly grateful to A.
A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 46) by Donald L. Horowitz