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A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society Paperback – May 28, 1992

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520078853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520078857
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,863,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fresh and penetrating look at problems that have vexed South Africa for a long time. . . . [He] deserves to be read widely and seriously."--Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, "Journal of Democracy

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"A masterful analysis of the current situation in South Africa, but far more important, it makes suggestions that might well shape the outcome of discussions in South Africa regarding the country's future."—Leroy Vail, Harvard University

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Having become more disillusioned over time with the results of the consociational power-sharing agreements in Bosnia and Northern Ireland, I decided to finally read the recommendation of the main alternative in the field, Donald Horowitz's strategy of vote pooling. Horowitz is probably the leading political scientist specializing in the field of ethnic conflict. Instead of recommending a system that depends on formal ethnic divisions and the good relations among members of the elite, Horowitz recommends a system of rewarding voters who vote for moderate candidates who encourage interethnic cooperation. His leading examples of this are Malaya in the 1950s and the presidential election for the second republic of Nigeria in 1979. This book was originally written to instruct and influence those writing a constitution for South Africa, so much of the information contained in it is specific to that country. But it is still an excellent exposition of his ideas of resolving ethnic conflict.
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