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The consolidation of democracy in South Africa and the legacy of the United Democratic Front

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dc.date.accessioned 2004-04-21 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-17T19:15:25Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-17T19:15:25Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/8000
dc.description Paper presented at the symposium on "The UDF in context: legacies and meaning, 1983-2003", University of Witwatersrand, History Workshop, 23 August en
dc.description.abstract Despite the rhetoric of democratic participation, of participatory development, of the need for partnerships between state and civil society, and even a call within the ANC for a culture of volunteerism to be revived, it is a source of grave concern that levels of political and social participation are dropping. In a society where unemployment is unacceptably high, and expectations of government 'delivery' of basic needs are also unreasonably high, most citizens who vote for the ANC adopt the position of 'loyal grumblers': they do not see themselves as having a role to play in the delivery of those benefits of democratic government which they anticipated. I have argued that levels of political participation were particularly high in the urban African townships of the Eastern Cape during the 1980s, and that something of this culture of participation was 'carried through' with the establishment of representative democracy in the 1990s. It is now perhaps the right time to revisit some of these questions around the nature and extent of political participation, and to see what lessons we can draw from this experience in order to understand the consolidation of democracy in South Africa. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE en
dc.subject UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT en
dc.subject DEMOCRACY en
dc.title The consolidation of democracy in South Africa and the legacy of the United Democratic Front en
dc.type Conference or seminar papers en
dc.BudgetYear 2003/04 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.ArchiveNumber 2630 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=2738 en
dc.outputnumber 1115 en
dc.bibliographictitle Cherry, J. (2003) The consolidation of democracy in South Africa and the legacy of the United Democratic Front. (Paper presented at the symposium on "The UDF in context: legacies and meaning, 1983-2003", University of Witwatersrand, History Workshop, 23 August). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/8000 en
dc.publicationyear 2003 en
dc.contributor.author1 Cherry, J. en


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