"The Politics of Necessity is timely, readable, and accessible, and important politically, empirically, and theoretically. It displays the indifference of some fledgling democracies to the needs of the poor, exposes the impoverishment of definitions of democracy that overlook this pattern, and shows the costs of these silences.”—Michael MacDonald, Williams College
“A must-read. Here is an explanation of why democratic South Africa emerged, how its elites forgot the very people who brought them to power, and how these poor citizens struggle to be heard.”—Adam Habib, University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus
“This compelling and readable work is both thoughtful and thought provoking. The narrative is clear, well organized and well argued. . . . It is eminently suitable to advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses on contemporary South Africa as well as to those concerning issues of democratization and human rights. Clearly, it is an important contribution to our understanding of the meaning of democracy in today’s world.”—Richard W. Hull, The International Journal of African Historical Studies
About the Author
Elke Zuern is associate professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College.