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Conflict Trends Issue 4 2002

"The first section of this issue serves as a good prelude to the other three articles, which focus on the process of democracy in Africa. This part begins with an article by Liebenberg, which is a critical reflection on the theoretical underpinnin...

South Africa's Political Futures The Positive and Negative Implications of One-Party Dominance

"This article explores how diverse views of South Africa’s future are sustained by genuine imponderables arising from the interaction between politics and policy. The first section draws on recent advances in the local academic literature to inves...

SA Reconciliation Barometer Report 2010

"Section II analyses survey results related to human security, and finds that despite moderate recent improvements in perceptions of physical security, positive evaluations of economic security have declined between 2009 and 2010, and since the ou...

The Developmental State Instrumentalities and Their Relevance to the Discourse on Socio-Economic Challenges in Africa

"As far as the relative autonomy and power of the African post-colonial state to decide the whys and wherefores of economic development is concerned, what colonialism or neocolonialism started, contemporary globalisation has seemingly finished off...

Do Institutions Matter? Managing Institutional Diversity and Change in Ghana's Fourth Republic

"After several years of political instability and socio-economic decline partly caused by endemic militarization of politics and society, and since the inauguration of the Fourth Republic in 1992, Ghana has become a relatively stable democracy. Th...

Chieftainship (Bogosi) Endures Despite Democratic Consolidation in Botswana

"This briefing paper focuses on Batswana’s support for democracy, and the extent to which such support could be attributed to strengthening of democracy in Botswana. It also focuses on the constitution as a symbol of republicanism and foundation o...

Perils and Complexity of Democratic Values in Namibia

Namibia has been unique in its transition to democracy. This is illustrated in the formal role of the international community during the transition and in the expression of democratic values and practices measured by international indices. Namibi...

Civilian Control and the Security Sector

The democratic transition and consolidation that Ghana has gone through, reflects in several ways the struggles for democratic accountability, transparency and sustainability, with broad support from different sections of the community. These conf...

Upholding Good Governance: Democracy, Elections, and Local Institutions under Political and Social Uncertainty

The first issue brief in this chapter is titled: We need to learn from recent crises in West Africa: Local governance and civil society solutions on pages 94-97. Major progress was made in 2016, firstly with cooperation between African government...

Botswana's Democratic Consolidation: What will it take?

"This paper aimed to analyze popular understanding of democracy and levels of its legitimation and institutionalization in Botswana. Overall, while citizens’ understanding of democracy is high, their demand for democracy and perceptions of its imp...

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