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Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa

Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa

The Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa: The Unfinished Business of Democratic Consolidation. The essays in this volume examine a developing political contradiction in Southern Africa represented by the fact that movements which spearheaded mass popular struggles for liberation from colonial rule have in power developed into authoritarian, undemocratic and increasingly corrupt ruling regimes. By contrast, countries like Botswana and Lesotho which achieved independence by negotiation and without mass mobilisation have developed into mature multi-party democracies.

History, humanities and liberation

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  • Format: 148mm x 210mm
  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN 13: 978-07969-2025-6
  • Rights: Africa Rights Only

The unfinished business of democratic consolidation The Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa: The Unfinished Business of Democratic Consolidation. The essays in this volume examine a developing political contradiction in Southern Africa represented by the fact that movements which spearheaded mass popular struggles for liberation from colonial rule have in power developed into authoritarian, undemocratic and increasingly corrupt ruling regimes. By contrast, countries like Botswana and Lesotho which achieved independence by negotiation and without mass mobilisation have developed into mature multi-party democracies.

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Contributors

Introduction
Henning Melber

1. Democracy and the Control of Elites
Kenneth Good

2. Liberation and Opposition in Zimbabwe
Suzanne Dansereau

3. In Defence of National Sovereignty?
Urban Governance and Democracy in Zimbabwe
Amin Kamete

4. As Good as It Gets?
Botswanas Democratic Development
Ian Taylor

5.Chieftaincy and the Negotiation of Might and Right in Botswana Democracy
Francis B. Nyamnjoh

6.Between Competing Paradigms: Post-Colonial Legitimacy in Lesotho
Roger Southall

7.From Controlled Change to Changed Control: The Case of Namibia
Henning Melber

8. Armed Struggle in South Africa: Consequences of a Strategy Debate
Martin Legassick

9. Culture(s) of the African National Congress of South Africa: Imprint of Exile Experiences
Raymond Suttner

10. Liberal or Liberation Framework? The Contradictions of ANC Rule in South Afric
Krista Johnson

Contributors

Index

Dr Henning Melber headed the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek and was a member of the Presidents Economic Advisory Council from 1992 to 2000. Previously the Research Director at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, he is currently the Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjold foundation.

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