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Dominant Party Systems In Southern Africa Insights from the Developing World


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Within southern Africa, there has been a steady increase in the number of dominant party systems — systems where one party dominates over a prolonged period in an ostensibly democratic system with regular elections and multiple parties participating. This party system has replaced the one-party system that dominated Africa’s political landscape after the first wave of liberations in the 1950s and 1960s.
Friend or foe? Dominant party systems in southern Africa: Insights from the developing world seeks to understand this trend and its implications for southern Africa’s democracies by comparing such systems in southern Africa with others in the developing world (such as Mexico, India, South Korea and Taiwan). In particular, the case of Zimbabwe stands out as a concerning example of the direction a dominant party can take: regression into authoritarianism. Mexico, India, South Korea and Taiwan present alternative routes for the dominant party system.
The salient question posed by this book is: Which route are Botswana, Namibia and South Africa taking? It answers by drawing conclusions to determine whether these countries are moving towards liberal democracy, authoritarianism or a road in between.

PART ONE: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
Chapter 1: Introduction - Nicola de Jager and Pierre du Toit
PART TWO: INSIGHTS FROM THE DEVELOPING WORLD
Chapter 2: The political costs of privatisation: Why democratic and authoritarian dominant parties meet their doom - Kenneth F. Greene
Chapter 3: The dominant party system and democracy: The Congress Party in India - Thiven Reddy
Chapter 4: Transitioning from a dominant party system to multi-party system: The case of South Korea - Joseph Wong
Chapter 5: From authoritarianism to nascent democracy in Taiwan: Electoral elements of the Kuomintang-dominant regime - Yun-han Chu and Chung-li Wu
PART THREE: DOMINANT PARTY SYSTEMS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Chapter 6: Interrogating the dominant party system in Botswana - David Sebudubudu and Mokganedi Zara Botlhomilwe
Chapter 7: The politics and resource endowment of party dominance in Namibia: The past as the present and the future? - Andre du Pisani
Chapter 8: South Africa: A democracy in the balance - Nicola de Jager
Chapter 9: Heroes fall, oppressors rise: Democratic decay and authoritarianism in Zimbabwe - Annemie Britz and Josephat Tshuma
Chapter 10: Conclusion: Resources and the politics of dominant party systems - Pierre du Toit and Nicola de Jager

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Within southern Africa, there has been a steady increase in the number of dominant party systems — systems where one party dominates over a prolonged period in an ostensibly democratic system with regular elections and multiple parties participating. This party system has replaced the one-party system that dominated Africa’s political landscape after the first wave of liberations in the 1950s and 1960s.
Friend or foe? Dominant party systems in southern Africa: Insights from the developing world seeks to understand this trend and its implications for southern Africa’s democracies by comparing such systems in southern Africa with others in the developing world (such as Mexico, India, South Korea and Taiwan). In particular, the case of Zimbabwe stands out as a concerning example of the direction a dominant party can take: regression into authoritarianism. Mexico, India, South Korea and Taiwan present alternative routes for the dominant party system.
The salient question posed by this book is: Which route are Botswana, Namibia and South Africa taking? It answers by drawing conclusions to determine whether these countries are moving towards liberal democracy, authoritarianism or a road in between.

PART ONE: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
Chapter 1: Introduction - Nicola de Jager and Pierre du Toit
PART TWO: INSIGHTS FROM THE DEVELOPING WORLD
Chapter 2: The political costs of privatisation: Why democratic and authoritarian dominant parties meet their doom - Kenneth F. Greene
Chapter 3: The dominant party system and democracy: The Congress Party in India - Thiven Reddy
Chapter 4: Transitioning from a dominant party system to multi-party system: The case of South Korea - Joseph Wong
Chapter 5: From authoritarianism to nascent democracy in Taiwan: Electoral elements of the Kuomintang-dominant regime - Yun-han Chu and Chung-li Wu
PART THREE: DOMINANT PARTY SYSTEMS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Chapter 6: Interrogating the dominant party system in Botswana - David Sebudubudu and Mokganedi Zara Botlhomilwe
Chapter 7: The politics and resource endowment of party dominance in Namibia: The past as the present and the future? - Andre du Pisani
Chapter 8: South Africa: A democracy in the balance - Nicola de Jager
Chapter 9: Heroes fall, oppressors rise: Democratic decay and authoritarianism in Zimbabwe - Annemie Britz and Josephat Tshuma
Chapter 10: Conclusion: Resources and the politics of dominant party systems - Pierre du Toit and Nicola de Jager

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