Politics

Readership:
Academics and students in the departments of Political Science and Comparative Studies; think-tanks, political parties, organisations and forums with an interest in constitutionalism and democracy in southern Africa and general readers interested in politics.
Size: 230mm x 150mm
Page Extent: 272
Format: Soft Paperback
Price 189.95 (VAT Incl)
ISBN: 978-0-620-47600-3
Publication Date: March 2011
Rights: World
Against all odds; Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa
AUTHOR: Dr. Hussain Solomon
CO – PUBLICATION  WITH THE  SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONA AFFAIRS (SAIIA)
Opposition political parties are vital to the functioning of democracies as they provide a representative system of the electorate while keeping ruling parties accountable. Through this important legislative role, the political system gains legitimacy. However, opposition parties across the southern African region confront many challenges in their attempts to function effectively. This, of course, raises important questions. Why is the political opposition so weak and fragmented in the region? Are the challenges largely due to internal weaknesses or state repression? How do opposition parties relate to their constituencies as well as broader civil society? In seeking to answer these questions, this volume assembled contributions from prominent scholars from the region who share the experiences of their respective countries. The diversity of countries included - from the island-state of Mauritius to regional behemoth South Africa, from democratic Botswana to feudal Swaziland - allows one to draw comparative lessons about the region.

Editor information: Hussein Solomon is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the  University of the Free State.
Contributors: Botswana - Professor Balefi Tsie, Lesotho - Dr. Francis Makoa, Mauritius - Professor Sheila Bunwaree, Mozambique - Professor Joao C.G. Pereira, Sandra Manuel and Carlos Shenga, Namibia - Professor Andre du Pisani and Professor William A. Lindeke, South Africa - Professor Dirk Kotze, Swaziland - Dr. Petros Magagula and Zwelibanzi Masilela, Zambia - Professor Jotham Momba, Zimbabwe - Professor John Makumbe.

"The prospect of an alliance of opposition political parties has always been seen as the only viable alternative to the dominance of the ANC.” Professor Dirk Kotze

Politics

Readership:
Academics and students in the departments of Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Studies; policy makers; NGO's particularly policy lobbyists, multinational organisations with an interest in policy and development in developing countries, such as the UN and AU.
Size: 230mm x 150mm
Page Extent: 324
Format: Soft Paperback
Price 179.95 (VAT Incl)
ISBN: 978-0-620-43120-0
Publication Date: February 2009 
Rights: World.
Two Countries One Dream; the challenges of democratic consolidation in Kenya and South Africa
AUTHOR: Rok Ajulu
PREFACE: John Githongo, Kenyan political analyst

One of the critical challenges that continue to confront African people is the absence or failure of democratic accountability by their governments. Almost without exception the governing elites have demonstrated no interest in political accountability by their governments. Rather the dominant trend has been a dismal failure to consolidate democratic institutions

Why Kenya and South Africa? These two countries despite disparities in their economic resources have a great deal in common – settler political economies where colonial accumulation led to capitalist modernisation and a large modern sophisticated economic sector. Their relatively developed manufacturing, financial and service sectors continue to enjoy a comparative edge over their neighbours and have rendered them economic power houses in their respective regions, thus providing perfect perspectives for comparative purposes.

Through the collaboration of highly respected academics and scholars Two countries one dream examines the roles and influences of international actors, political parties, labour movements, civil society and constitutional institutions in the consolidation of political democracy in these two countries.

Editor Information: Rok Ajulu received his  DPhil from Sussex University in the United Kingdom. He lectured at numerous universities and published widely on the subject of political economy.
Kenyan Contributors: George Gona, Gilbert Khadiagala, Oscar Mwangi, Adam Oloo
South African Contributors: Thabisi Hoeane, Garth le Pere, Sheila Meintjies, Neeta Misra

They(the contributors) provide extremely useful insights and ground for some concern for the future of true majority rule in both countriesTerry Bell