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Assessing the Quality of Democracy in South Africa

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Victoria Graham

In recent years, growing concerns over the strength of South Africa’s democracy appear to indicate a population increasingly disillusioned and dissatisfied with the quality of its implementation. This book assesses the quality of democracy in South Africa after 20 years of democracy in order to ascertain whether or not this growing perception is valid. Since the inception of democracy in 1994 there have been countless procedural and substantive improvements in addressing historically entrenched political, social and economic problems; however, there are serious issues that have emerged relating to the quality of democratic implementation in South Africa. Two existing analytical frameworks of democracy assessment, International IDEA’s State of Democracy framework and Leonardo Morlino’s tool for empirical research on democratic qualities, TODEM, are utilised to assess the quality of South Africa’s rule of law and institutional capacity; representative and accountable government; civil society and popular participation; and freedom and equality after 20 years of democracy. The book concludes cautiously that while South Africa faces many serious and threatening potholes in the road to a fully successful democracy, there is nevertheless much to applaud.
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Published with the financial support of the Stephen P. Koff Prize of the RISC Consortium 2014.The book was subject to a double blind refereeing process. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. ©  P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.      Éditions scientifiques internationales      Brussels, 2015      1 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgique      www.peterlang.com ; info@peterlang.com ISSN 2030-8787 ISBN 978-2-87574-307-7 eISBN 978-3-0352-6581-1 D/2015/5678/73 CIP available from the British Library and from the Library of Congress, USA. Bibliographic information published by “Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek”. “Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek” lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

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