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A Fine Balance. Assessing the Quality of Governance in Botswana.

Author: Alexander Karin.; Gape Kaboyakgosi
Publisher: Institute for Democracy in South Africa 2012.
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This inaugural Democracy Index for Botswana is intended to set a benchmark for democracy to be measured against. The tool, developed and honed by Idasa over many years, assesses the depth of democracy in a country through five focus areas: participation, elections, accountability, political rights, and human dignity. The research relies on expert analysis to answer a set of questions that interrogate how closely, in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Karin.; Gape Kaboyakgosi
ISBN: 1280683716 9781280683718 9781920409852 1920409858
OCLC Number: 794904508
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Acronyms and Abbreviations; Foreword; Introduction; BOTSWANA'S GREAT DEMOCRATIC STORY; THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A MINIMALIST DEMOCRACY; GROUNDS FOR FUTURE CONTESTATION; THE ECONOMY AND SOCIETY; RISING PERCEPTIONS OF CORRUPTION AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAPSES; CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS; A NEW TURN IN BOTSWANA'S GOVERNANCE; REGIONAL AND WORLD PRESSURE; ENDNOTES; THE INDEX. 100 QUESTIONS CONTEXTUALISING BOTSWANA'S DEMOCRACY; SECTION ONE --
PARTICIPATION AND DEMOCRACY; NATIONHOOD; PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT; GOVERNMENT LEGITIMACY. CITIZENSHIP OBLIGATIONS AND DUTIESTOLERANCE; CONCLUSION; ENDNOTES; SECTION TWO --
ELECTIONS AND DEMOCRACY; ELECTIONS; EQUAL VOTES; OPEN COMPETITION; ELECTION RULES; VOTER INFORMATION; ELECTORAL PARTICIPATION; ELECTORAL OUTCOMES; FUNDING ELECTIONS; CONCLUSION; ENDNOTE; SECTION THREE --
ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEMOCRACY; EXECUTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT; PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY; LAW-MAKING AND THE BUDGET PROCESS; ACCESS TO INFORMATION; ACCESSIBILITY AND INDEPENDENCE; CONCLUSION; ENDNOTES; SECTION FOUR --
POLITICAL FREEDOMS AND DEMOCRACY; CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL PARTIES; MEDIA RIGHTS; CONCLUSION; ENDNOTES; SECTION FIVE --
HUMAN DIGNITY AND DEMOCRACY; SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS PROTECTION; REASONABLE ACCESS TO CLEAN AND ADEQUATE WATER; ADEQUATE FOOD; ADEQUATE SHELTER AND HOUSING; ADEQUATE AND UNIMPEDED ACCESS TO LAND; HEALTH CARE; EDUCATION; POVERTY; JOBS AND RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE; DELIVERY OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS; CORPORATE GOVERNANCE; CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS; ENDNOTES; BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION; REFERENCES; Back Cover.

Abstract:

This inaugural Democracy Index for Botswana is intended to set a benchmark for democracy to be measured against. The tool, developed and honed by Idasa over many years, assesses the depth of democracy in a country through five focus areas: participation, elections, accountability, political rights, and human dignity. The research relies on expert analysis to answer a set of questions that interrogate how closely, in practice, democracy meets the broad ideal of self-representative government. More specifically, to what extent can citizens control elected officials and government appointees who make decisions about public affairs? And how equal are citizens to one another in this accountability process? The purpose of the scores is to assist citizens in making their own judgements, based on the information made available, to stimulate national debate and to provide democracy promoters with a tool for identifying issues and needs that can be addressed by education, advocacy, training, institution building and policy revision. Idasaís Democracy Index ñ initially developed for South Africa ñ is being expanded into Southern Africa in an effort to broaden the capacity of individuals and organisations monitoring and supporting democratic governance efforts in the region.

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