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The Liberal Model and Africa

K. Good
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This book critically examines the realities of liberal democracy; its elitism and non-accountability; and its inequalities and injustices. Participatory systems and movements, whether in Athens, seventeenth and nineteenth century England, or South Africa 1970-1990, are more effective in satisfying the democratic aspirations of the people and in curtailing ambitious elites, than what is passed off now as 'democracy'. By interrogating contemporary democratic regimes, in the United States, and in Botswana and South Africa, the severe limitations and constraints inherent in liberal democracy are highlighted. The need for a clear evaluation of what constituted democracy emerges as a powerful message of Kenneth Good's argument.

'The Liberal Model and Africa: Elites Against Democracy delivers a searching, powerful and innovative critique of liberal democracy, notably as it has arrived in Southern Africa.' - Professor Roger Southall, Department of Politics, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

'This is indeed a useful and timely contribution to the democracy debate in Africa.' - Dr Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Botswana

'[Kenneth Good] illustrates in this important book, no country (with the exception of Madagascar) has embraced participatory democracy with its egalitarian face, preferring instead the elitism of the liberal model.' - The Sunday Independent

KENNETH GOOD is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Botswana, Gaborone. His publications include Development and Dependence: The Political Economy of Papua New Guinea (with Amarshi and Mortimer), Articulated Agricultural Development (with Donaldson) and Realizing Democracy in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. He has also contributed articles to several journals.

Preface PART I: BOTSWANA Autocratic Elites and Enfeebled Masses: Africa, Botswana and South Africa Routinized Injustice: The Situation of the San in Botswana PART II: UNITED STATES The Liberal Capitalist Paradigm: Elitism and Injustice in the United States PART III: SOUTH AFRICA Elitism's Place in the ANC Universalizing an Incomplete Predominance Predominance and the Empowerment Goose PART IV: FROM ANCIENT TO FUTURE WORLDS Participatory Democracy: The Reality and the Continuing Aspiration: Athens, Britain and South Africa The Unending Struggle Index


Titel: The Liberal Model and Africa
Untertitel: Elites Against Democracy
K. Good
EAN: 9781349418909
ISBN: 1349418900
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 276
Gewicht: 351g
Größe: H216mm x B140mm x T14mm
Jahr: 2001
Auflage: 1st ed. 2002

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