By Donald L. Horowitz
Can a society as deeply divided as South Africa turn 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 a fantastic consequence in South Africa. while, he identifies how you can triumph over those hindrances, and he describes associations that supply structure makers the simplest likelihood for a democratic future.South Africa is usually thought of an remoted case, a rustic not like the other. Drawing on his vast adventure of racially and ethnically divided societies, in spite of the fact that, Horowitz brings South Africa again into African and comparative politics. adventure won in Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and different divided societies world wide is suitable simply because, as South Africa leaves apartheid in the back of, it is going to nonetheless confront difficulties of pluralism: racial, ethnic, and ideological. international locations like South Africa, Horowitz argues, needs to improve associations able 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 exhibits that almost all 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, besides the fact that. those are premised at the have to create incentives for lodging throughout crew traces. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Horowitz makes an immense contribution to the speculation of democratization as he considers how commitments to democracy should be extracted even from political teams with undemocratic objectives.Ranging skillfully throughout reviews of social distance and stereotypes, electoral and get together structures, constitutions and judiciaries, clash and lodging, and negotiation and democratization, Horowitz screens a wide comparative imaginative and prescient. His leading edge research will swap the best way theorists and practitioners method the duty of creating democracy paintings in tough stipulations.
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Extra info for A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 46)
This book could never have been produced without her. At the University of California Press, Richard Holway and William McClung were unsparing in encouragement, and Mary Pasti managed superbly the tricky task of editing the manuscript meticulously yet indulgently. 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.
21 The concatenation of distinctively South African historical events and reverberations of events in world history is responsible, above all, for the proliferation of ideological currents. To make sense of what otherwise appears to be a kaleidoscope, to put back together the views I have pulled apart, and to capture the extent to which ideas have migrated across cleavages and over time, at least an abbreviated historical excursion is required. On Understanding South African Cleavages The conflict and the metaconflict have deep roots in South African history, particularly the history of the ruling Afrikaner group and its encounters with the British and the Africans who occupied the same space.
South Africa is characterized by cognitive dissensus. There is, then, not one conflict in South Africa, or even one type of conflict, but two. There is the conflict itself, and there is the metaconflictthe conflict over the nature of the conflict. Neither is coterminous with the other; neither can be reduced to the other. In many severely divided societies, there are differences among participants and observers in characterizations of the conflict, but rarely are the differences as deep as they are in South Africa.
A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 46) by Donald L. Horowitz