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Inter-Party Relations and Democracy in Botswana

"This report is a study on Botswana’s political parties and their relations. Specifically, it seeks to examine inter-party relations in order to assess the prospects for opposition party cooperation that could enhance competition for the governing...

Democratic Consolidation and Political Parties in Lesotho

"This paper is an attempt to conceptually clarify the notion of democratic consolidation and assess the character of political parties in relation to their functioning and dynamics in Lesotho’s democratisation process and to make possible recomme...

Political Parties and Multi-Party Elections in Southern Africa

"This brief explores the organizational arrangements of political parties, and how this factor affects the contribution of political parties to democratic consolidation through multi-party electoral democracy in Southern Africa. It is the mechanis...

Investigating Intra-Party Democracy in Lesotho: Focus on Basutoland Congress Party and Basotho National Party

"This paper looks at the role of political parties and the extent to which they have embraced and institutionalized internal democracy. Further more, the paper probes the extent to which parties then promote the consolidation of democracy."

Governance Research Agenda: Towards a Democracy Assessment Framework for Southern Africa

"This paper discusses the utility of research methods in the governance field in the SADC region in particular. The main argument of the paper is that the methods are as good as the outcome of the research exercise. In a word, the poorer the metho...

Election Update 2007 Lesotho No 3

"The report accounts for the reaction of political parties and the general public upon the announcement of election results. It is a further analysis of post-election processes compared to the previous elections that Lesotho has held since 1993...

From Military Rule to Multiparty Democracy Political Reforms and Challenges in Lesotho

"This report is mainly concerned with current events and the recent past in Lesotho, but also places events in context by bringing out the distinguishing characteristics of the country’s politics, its problems and prospects, and the principal ele...

Democratic Consolidation, Substantive uncertainty and institutional certainty: Prospects for the re-alignment of opposition in South Africa

"This Policy Brief seeks to interrogate the following:Conceptual issues, Different conceptions of opposition politics in South Africa, The performance of major opposition political parties since 1994, The possible impact of COPE on opposition poli...

The Power of Demonstration: To Increase Resilience, Democracy must be Shown to Work

This policy brief examines what recent global political trends portend for the prospects of democratic consolidation in Africa. With focused analyses of three bellwether states—Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa—it will provide a schematic summary...

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