The Awkward Embrace: One-party Domination and Democracy

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Hermann Giliomee, Charles Edward Wickens Simkins
Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Political Science - 368 pages
Democracies derive their resilience and vitality from the fact that the rule of a particular majority is usually only of a temporary nature. By looking at four case-studies, The Awkward Embracestudies democracies of a different kind; rule by a dominant party which is virtually immune from defeat. Such systems have been called Regnant or or Uncommon Democracies. They are characterized by distinctive features: the staging of unfree or corrupt elections; the blurring of the lines between government, the ruling party and the state; the introduction of a national project which is seen to be above politics; and the erosion of civil society.
This book addresses major issues such as why one such democracy, namely Taiwan, has been moving in the direction of a more competitive system; how economic crises such as the present one in Mexico can transform the system; how government-business relations in Malaysia are affecting the base of the dominant party; and whether South Africa will become a one-party dominant system.ome a one-party dominant system.

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A Comparative Assessment
2 Stability and Competitiveness in the Political Configurations of SemiDeveloped Countries
A BornAgain Dominant Party? The Transformation of the Kuomintang and Taiwans Regime Transition
No Easy Stroll to Dominance Party Dominance Opposition and Civil Society in South Africa
The Resilience of OneParty Dominance in Malaysia and Singapore
Dominant Party and Opposition Parties in Mexico From Crisis to Reform to Crisis
Bridge or Bridgehead? Comparing the Party Systems of Botswana Namibia Zimbabwe Zambia and Malawi
The Transformation of LaborBased OnePartyism at the End of the 20th Century The Case of Mexico
The Mexican Paradox NeoLiberalism and Labor Entrenchment in Mexicos Ruling Party
Corporatism as Minority Veto under ANC Hegemony in South Africa
Democracy or Democratic Hegemony? The Future of Political Pluralism in South Africa
Grassroots Electoral Organizations and Political Reform in the ROC on Taiwan and Mexico
Does Democracy Require an Opposition Party? Implications of Some Recent African Experience

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