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The liberal model and Africa : elites against democracy

Author: Kenneth Good
Publisher: New York : Palgrave, 2002.
Series: International political economy series (Palgrave (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book critically examines the realities of liberal democracy: its elitism and non-accountability and its inequalities and injustices. Participatory systems and movements, whether in Athens, seventeenth and nineteenth-century England, or South Africa 1970-90, are more effective in satisfying the democratic aspirations of the people and in curtailing ambitious elites than what is passed off now as 'democracy.'By  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Good
ISBN: 0333790421 9780333790427
OCLC Number: 47296405
Description: xv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Value of the Botswana Pula --
Autocratic Elites and Enfeebled Masses: Africa, Botswana and South Africa --
Autocratic Elites and Enfeebled Masses: Africa, Botswana and South Africa --
Capitalist barbarism --
Legitimized autocracy --
Toad Kings: old and new --
Barbarism intensified --
The insufficiency of elite democracy --
Empowered elites, passive masses --
Accountable to themselves --
Routinized Injustice: The Situation of the San in Botswana --
The inheritance and the continuity --
Drought relief and food aid --
The low wages policy --
Cattle production and the absence of land rights --
Relocation and dispossession: repeated experiences --
Hunting and tourism --
Welfare: destitutes programme and pensions --
The Remote Area Development Programme (RADP): governmental keystone --
Routinized injustice: subordination in schooling and law --
Representations --
The USA --
The Liberal Capitalist Paradigm: Elitism and Injustice in the United States --
American capitalism --
American liberal democracy --
Manipulative elites and nihilistic liberalism --
Regulated/'stakeholder' capitalism and social democracy --
The American spectre --
South Africa Prelude to South Africa --
Elitism's Place in the ANC --
Talks and non-accountability --
Elite immunity and non-accountability --
Elite consensus, elite control --
Mangosuthu Buthelezi and the IFP --
Nurturing silence --
Universalizing an Incomplete Predominance --
Deepening predominance --
Predominance and the opposition parties.
Series Title: International political economy series (Palgrave (Firm))
Responsibility: Kenneth Good.
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By interrogating contemporary democratic regimes, in the United States, and in Botswana and South Africa, the severe limitations and constraints inherent in liberal democracy are highlighted.  Read more...

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