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By Roger Southall

The 2 papers integrated during this research learn the political and socioeconomic elements that give a contribution to and constrain upon democratization all through southern Africa and the African continent. With an emphasis at the regulations of presidency, company, and civil society aimed at lowering inequality and poverty, those stories advertise group empowerment to be able to advertise neighborhood, local, and nationwide sustainable improvement at the African continent.

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The concept of ‘nation’, they claimed, had to become wide and inclusive. Triumphant national liberation movements did not attempt to dispute this claim, and all – initially, at least – embraced the idea of ‘reconciliation’, of opposed racial groups coming together to form coherent, cross-racial communities. This vision has come to be most widely celebrated in Bishop Desmond Tutu’s vision of South Africa as ‘the rainbow nation’, as composed of many colours. Yet the idea of reconciliation was based on conditions.

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A regional pattern is emerging which views the future consolidation of democracy through an emphasis on the procedural and regulatory aspects of the conduct of elections. That is fine and good in so far as it goes, but in that it has given rise to dominance of the electoral arena in most countries by a single party, the basic premise of liberal democracy – alternating governments – is effectively undermined. Opposition parties as a result tend to be under-capacitated and under-funded, even if they are not actively harassed and intimidated by the ruling party (as in Zimbabwe).

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