By Donald L. Horowitz
Can a society as deeply divided as South Africa develop into democratic? In a such a lot well timed paintings, Donald L. Horowitz, writer of the acclaimed Ethnic teams in clash, issues to the stipulations that make democracy an incredible end result in South Africa. whilst, he identifies how one can triumph over those hindrances, and he describes associations that supply structure makers the simplest probability for a democratic future.South Africa is mostly thought of an remoted case, a rustic not like the other. Drawing on his huge event of racially and ethnically divided societies, besides the fact that, Horowitz brings South Africa again into African and comparative politics. adventure received in Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and different divided societies around the globe is suitable simply because, as South Africa leaves apartheid in the back of, it's going to nonetheless confront difficulties of pluralism: racial, ethnic, and ideological. international locations like South Africa, Horowitz argues, needs to increase associations in a position to dealing with such divisions.Reviewing an array of constitutional proposals for South Africa--group rights, consociation, partition, binationalism, and an better function for the judiciary--Horowitz indicates that almost all are beside the point for the country's difficulties, otherwise run afoul of a few significant ideological taboo. associations which are either apt and appropriate do exist, although. those are premised at the have to create incentives for lodging throughout staff traces. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Horowitz makes an enormous contribution to the speculation of democratization as he considers how commitments to democracy can be extracted even from political teams with undemocratic objectives.Ranging skillfully throughout stories of social distance and stereotypes, electoral and celebration structures, constitutions and judiciaries, clash and lodging, and negotiation and democratization, Horowitz monitors a extensive comparative imaginative and prescient. His leading edge examine will swap the best way theorists and practitioners procedure the duty of constructing democracy paintings in tricky stipulations.
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Greenberg (1987) 42. Freedom, State Security, and the Rule of Law: Dilemmas of the Apartheid Society, by Anthony S. Mathews (1987) 43. The Creation of Tribalism in Southern Africa: The Political Economy of an Ideology, edited by Leroy Vail (1988) 44. The Rand at War, 18991902: The Witwatersrand and Anglo-Boer War, by Diana Cammack (1990) 45. State Politics in Zimbabwe, by Jeffrey Herbst (1990) 46. A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society, by Donald L. Horowitz (1991) Page iii A Democratic South Africa?
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A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 46) by Donald L. Horowitz