Assessing the Quality of Democracy in South Africa
Chapter Seven. Conclusion: Review And Findings
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Conclusion: Review And Findings
7.1. Rationalisation and theoretical framework
Since its democratic transition in 1994, South Africa has achieved much in rebuilding the state in a more democratic way (for example, through its guarantee of universal franchise and its adoption of one of the most liberal and comprehensive Constitutions in the world). Given its history of polarisation and racism, violent political conflict, and extreme antidemocratic tendencies under apartheid, it would seem that 20 years on, the country’s democratic performance has thus far surpassed expectations.
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