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By Donald L. Horowitz

ISBN-10: 0520078853

ISBN-13: 9780520078857

ISBN-10: 0585299803

ISBN-13: 9780585299808

Can a society as deeply divided as South Africa turn 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 an implausible final result in South Africa. while, he identifies how you can conquer those stumbling blocks, and he describes associations that supply structure makers the easiest probability for a democratic future.South Africa is usually thought of an remoted case, a rustic in contrast to the other. Drawing on his wide adventure 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 worldwide is proper simply because, as South Africa leaves apartheid at 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 able to dealing with such divisions.Reviewing an array of constitutional proposals for South Africa--group rights, consociation, partition, binationalism, and an superior function for the judiciary--Horowitz indicates that the majority are beside the point for the country's difficulties, in any other case run afoul of a few significant ideological taboo. associations which are either apt and appropriate do exist, notwithstanding. those are premised at the have to create incentives for lodging throughout crew traces. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Horowitz makes a huge contribution to the idea 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 screens a wide comparative imaginative and prescient. His cutting edge examine will switch the way in which theorists and practitioners procedure the duty of constructing democracy paintings in tricky stipulations.

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34 The statement had implications at two levels. First, it implied that Blacks might have an exclusive or at least prior right to South Africa; perhaps others could stay only on sufferance. Second, it was critical of ANC cooperation with Whites, particularly with White communists, with whom the ANC was working. ANC leaders, in turn, saw the Africanists' thinking as a mirror image of Afrikaner nationalist ideology. To the ANC's declaration in the Freedom Charter of 1955 that "South 32. "African Nationalism in South Africa," p.

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32 This was an enduring theme in the decades that followed, but it alternated with more inclusive conceptions of belonging. The African National Congress had operated on racially inclusive assumptions in choosing its allies and in advancing plans for a future South Africa. "33 By 1944, however, an "Africanist" tendency was discernible in the ANC Youth League, led by Anton M. Lembede. "34 The statement had implications at two levels. First, it implied that Blacks might have an exclusive or at least prior right to South Africa; perhaps others could stay only on sufferance.

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