Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa: The Pursuit of by Pierre du Toit, Hennie Kotzé (auth.)

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Second, it also showed that shortcuts to democracy tend to fail. The most enduring transitions, according to him, were found in Taiwan, South Korea, and Mexico, where regime change was gradual and incremental. Third, the assumption that elections are founding events where process and outcome necessarily converge in establishing new rules of the game is questionable. Elections have proved extremely vulnerable to subversion by dominant parties and to institutionalizing exclusion rather than inclusion.

The apartheid state eventually became the instrument in securing this goal. The second feature of the Union was that the basic premise of European imperialism, namely, racial and cultural superiority, served as the starting point for all forms of state building. In all British colonial possessions in southern Africa, such as in the vanquished Afrikaner Republics, the indigenous Black population was deprived of civil and political rights. This situation was carried over to the new dispensation and formalized in the Act of Union, thus perpetuating the subjugation of Black people in South Africa, and the essentially Whites-only parliament provided Afrikaner nationalists with an almost ideal arena within which to achieve their objectives.

67 So, some countries have successfully traversed the divide via the shortcut from authoritarian to democratic and liberal, while others have failed. 69 In reviewing the outcome of the Third Wave, he found fewer than 20 out of more than 100 transitions having been successful in delivering stable liberal democracies. ) The rest end up in a “Gray Zone” characterized by either feckless pluralism or dominant-power politics. In the former, elites can and do circulate through the corridors of power. Though replaced in regular elections, they all tend to share in a political culture of corruption, inefficiency, and self-serving policymaking.

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