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Title:Against all odds: opposition political parties in Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Editor:Solomon, HusseinISNI
Year:2011
Issue:2
Pages:261
Language:English
Series:Democracy in Africa series
City:Johannesburg
Publisher:KMM Review
ISBN:0620476001; 9780620476003
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
Botswana
Lesotho
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
South Africa
Swaziland - Eswatini
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Subjects:opposition parties
political opposition
democracy
State-society relationship
Abstract:This book assembles contributions from a number of prominent scholars in Southern Africa and Mauritius, who share the experiences of their respective countries with respect to opposition parties and the many challenges in their attempts to function effectively. Common experience in the region is the tendency of ruling parties to grow increasingly arrogant, centralizing power, failing to distinguish between party and State interests and ignoring constructive criticism from the opposition and broader civil society. Contributions address the key problems that confront opposition political parties in their respective countries, including such issues as why political parties in the region are generally weak and fragmented, how they relate to their constituents, articulate their interests to the media and examine the challenges due to State repression or internal weaknesses. Country case-studies include: Botswana (1965-2010), Lesotho (1993-2007), Mauritius (1982-2010), Mozambique (1994-2009), Namibia (1989-2009), South Africa (1994-2009), Swaziland, Zambia (2001-2008), and Zimbabwe (1995-2008). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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