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Continuity in contradiction? : the prospects for a national civic movement in a democratic state : SANCO and the ANC in post-apartheid South Africa

  title={Continuity in contradiction? : the prospects for a national civic movement in a democratic state : SANCO and the ANC in post-apartheid South Africa},
  author={Elke K. Zuern},

Party over outsiders, centre over branch: how ANC dominance works at the community level in South Africa

Common to most accounts of South African electoral politics is some version of voter loyalty or party identification. In contrast to arguments that focus on voter behaviour, although less common, are

Fostering effective service delivery through public participation A South African local government perspective

Public Administration is an eclectic discipline. This means that Public Administration, over the years has developed as a discipline by borrowing concepts and constructs from other fields of study.

From poverty to power? Women's participation in intermediary organisations in site C, Khayelitsha

This article examines how women organise themselves in community structures to claim socio-economic rights through participation. The discussion is based on case study research undertaken in

The promise and perils of participatory policy making

Do civil society organisations (e.g. representing groups like youth, women, migrants, indigenous people, people with HIV/AIDS, or the poor) have a stronger influence when directly involved in policy

Water, food and climate commoning in South African cities

Social change has occurred unevenly in South Africa, with adverse implications for the strategy of ‘commoning.’ The framing of a commons is not as popular in this extremely unequal society as are

Building Labor Solidarity in Precarious Times: The Danger of Union Paternalism

In a global context of union decline and widening economic insecurity, unions must decide how to relate to extra-workplace struggles and those without stable or unionized employment. One possibility

Mass Mobilization and the Durability of New Democracies

The “elitist approach” to democratization contends that “democratic regimes that last have seldom, if ever, been instituted by mass popular actors” (Huntington 1984:212). This article subjects this

Violence in the Name of Peace: Attacks on Foreign Nationals in South Africa

In this chapter I focus on the extensive violence against foreigners that has taken place in South Africa since 2005 by focussing on the views of those who have been perpetrators and organizers of

Participatory Politics: Understanding Civil Society Organisations in Governance Networks in Khayelitsha

Abstract This paper revisits the role of grassroots forms of mobilisation and organisation that act as governance intermediaries between civil society and government. It focuses on two organisations

The role of the provincial treasury in driving budget reform in South Africa's decentralised fiscal system

After the transition to a fully democratic order in 1994, the adoption of the new Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in 1996 prompted the creation and development of a decentralised



Fighting for Democracy: Popular Organizations and Postapartheid Government in South Africa

  • Elke K. Zuern
  • Political Science, Sociology
    African Studies Review
  • 2002
Abstract: Elite, top-down models of democratic transition commonly miss key popular challenges and opportunities for institutionalizing stable, representative regimes. Civil society theorists often


Civil society and democracy

There has been much interest in the concept and idea of ‘civil society’ among academics in ‘the west’, in recent years. During the past quarter century a plethora of books and articles have been

South Africa's civics in transition: Agents of change or structures of constraint?

Nelson Mandela's May 1994 inauguration represented a clear victory for South Africa's formal transition to non-racial democracy, but, as this article demonstrates, a formal, national level transition

Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies

Political science scholars consider the four-volume work "Transitions from Authoritarian Rule" to be a foundational text for studying the process of democratization, specifically in those cases where

Toward Consolidated Democracies

It is necessary to begin by saying a few words about three minimal conditions that must obtain before there can be any possibility of speaking of democratic consolidation. First, in a modern polity,

Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspective

Introduction 1. Approaches to democratization 2. Neopatrimonial rule in Africa 3. Africa's divergent transitions, 1990-1994 4. Explaining political protest 5. Explaining political liberalization 6.

The Paradox of Civil Society

The "civil society argument," as Michael Walzer calls it, is actually a complex set of arguments, not all of which are congruent. 1 In the rough pastiche that has become the commonly accepted

Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy.

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention from policymakers and civic activists in America and around the world, Robert Putnam and his