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 out of this world end result in South Africa. even as, he identifies how you can conquer those stumbling blocks, and he describes associations that provide structure makers the simplest probability for a democratic future.South Africa is usually thought of an remoted case, a rustic not like the other. Drawing on his broad event of racially and ethnically divided societies, although, Horowitz brings South Africa again into African and comparative politics. event won in Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and different divided societies all over the world is correct 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 enhance 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 greater function for the judiciary--Horowitz indicates that the majority are irrelevant for the country's difficulties, otherwise run afoul of a few significant ideological taboo. associations which are either apt and appropriate do exist, in spite of the fact that. 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 may be extracted even from political teams with undemocratic objectives.Ranging skillfully throughout stories of social distance and stereotypes, electoral and celebration platforms, constitutions and judiciaries, clash and lodging, and negotiation and democratization, Horowitz monitors a wide comparative imaginative and prescient. His leading edge learn will swap the way in which theorists and practitioners method the duty of creating democracy paintings in tricky stipulations.
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Extra info for A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 46)
Even within the realm of similar general diagnoses of the society's condition, there are many different prescriptions for its treatment. But despite the plurality of conceptions about South Africa, it is no riddle. South Africa is a complex place, but the cleavages reflected in these divergent views are patterned and explicable. 19 South African history contains the seeds of the ideological cleavages already identified, but with a special qualification. 20 18. , A Future South Africa, p. 104. 19.
As the institutions of apartheid were being strengthened, the ideology supporting it was being undermined. The standards of the outside world had an insidious influence on apartheid even as they were being defied. Contact with those standards was intensified, ironically enough, by the very success of Afrikaner nationalism, which produced a class of Afrikaner academics, professionals, writers, and business people who understood emerging international norms and were, at the very least, embarrassed by the failure of South Africa to conform to those norms.
S. Mathews, a trustee of the trust, for his patience and efficiency in expediting the arrangements for my lectures. I am also indebted to Duchene Grice and Gavin Maasdorp for their extraordinary hospitality in Durban. At the University of Natal in Durban, I was very well received by Mervyn Frost and by Chaya Lokhani. At the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, I benefitednot for the first timefrom the cool efficiency and warm welcome of Kushy Ramjathan. While in South Africa, I gave a number of other lectures.
A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 46) by Donald L. Horowitz