143pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2016
The authors argue that South Africans lack a national consensus on how to go about consolidating democracy and that the major stakeholders in the country need to jointly renegotiate the meaning of the Constitution if we are to move beyond the spiral of democratic policy failures. They also draw on comparative insights from what has happened in Zimbabwe, India, Malaysia and Lebanon.
Pierre du Toit is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. His other publications include Friend of Foe? Dominant party systems in southern Africa co-edited with Nicola de Jager, and Defining Democracy in the Digital Age, political support on social media, co-authored with Barend Lutz.
Charl Swart holds a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University.
Salomé Teuteberg works in the Taylor & Francis editorial team in Cape Town.