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In the wake of political unrest across various nations, democratic governance systems need strong and wellestablished political parties to channel the demands of citizens, govern in the public good and satisfy the basic needs of societies. Therefore political parties are crucial in aggregating and articulating interests, recruiting leaders, presenting election candidates and developing competing policy proposals that provide a voice ? and a choice ? to citizens. To fulfil these functions, however, trust in how the political system functions and in political parties as cogs in this machine of government is critical. But, across the African continent, there are low levels of confidence and trust in political parties, notwithstanding the monumental changes taking place among citizen attitudes, especially recent trends towards greater direct political action. It seems Africans are some of the most disadvantaged people when it comes to the discourse and practice of democracy. Disadvantaged or not, Africans are forced and persuaded to play the orthodox democracy game because there is no other universally tested and credible form of government around. - Mosibudi Mangena, former President of the Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO) Political Parties in Africa contributes to critical discourse on politics, democratisation and political parties across the continent, and suggests a set of normative benchmarks for more open and democratic political and party systems, as well as more effective political party institutional establishment and organisation. The result is a work that is simultaneously a critical voice and constructive problem solver.
Number of Pages: 212
Genre: Political Science
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Street Date: November 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-4634
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