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Title The awkward embrace : one-party domination and democracy / edited by Hermann Giliomee and Charles Simkins.
Imprint Australia : Harwood Academic Publishers, [1999]

Subject Totalitarianism -- Case studies.
Democracy -- Cross-cultural studies.
Political parties -- South Africa.
Political parties -- Taiwan.
Political parties -- Mexico.
Political parties -- Malaysia.
Alt Name Giliomee, Hermann, 1938-
Simkins, C. E. W. (Charles Edward Wickens)
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 368 pages) : illustrations
Summary "Democracies derive their resilience and vitality from the fact that the rule of a particular majority is usually only of a temporary nature. Examining four case studies, The Awkward Embrace considers democracies of a different kind: rule by a dominant party which is virtually undefeatable. These systems have been called Regnant Democracies or Uncommon Democracies. They are characterized by distinctive features: the staging of unfree or corrupt elections, the blurring of the lines between ruling party, government and the state, the introduction of a national project which is considered to be above politics, and the erosion of civil society. The Awkward Embrace 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 that 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."--Jacket.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Comparative Perspectives -- 1. Dominant Party Regimes of South Africa, Mexico, Taiwan and Malaysia: A Comparative Assessment / Charles Simkins / Hermann Giliomee -- 2. Stability and Competitiveness in the Political Configurations of Semi-Developed Countries / Charles Simkins -- Dominant Parties and the Political and Civil Society -- 3. Born-Again Dominant Party? The Transformation of the Kuomintang and Taiwan's Regime Transition / Yun-Han Chu -- 4. No Easy Stroll to Dominance: Party Dominance, Opposition and Civil Society in South Africa / Steven Friedman -- 5. Resilience of One-Party Dominance in Malaysia and Singapore / James V. Jesudason -- 6. Dominant Party and Opposition Parties in Mexico: From Crisis to Reform to Crisis / Robert R. Kaufman -- 7. Bridge or Bridgehead? Comparing the Party Systems of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi / Pierre du Toit -- Labor-Based Dominant Parties under Corporatist and Neo-Liberal Constraints -- 8. Transformation of Labor-Based One-Partyism at the End of the 20th Century: The Case of Mexico / Ruth Berins Collier -- 9. Mexican Paradox: Neo-Liberalism and Labor Entrenchment in Mexico's Ruling Party / Maria Lorena Cook -- 10. Corporatism as Minority Veto under ANC Hegemony in South Africa / Heribert Adam -- Political Pluralism and the Grassroots -- 11. Democracy or Democratic Hegemony? The Future of Political Pluralism in South Africa / Lawrence Schlemmer -- 12. Grassroots Electoral Organization and Political Reform in the ROC on Taiwan and Mexico / Shelley Rigger -- 13. Does Democracy Require an Opposition Party? Implications of Some Recent African Experience / Donal B. Cruise O'Brien -- 14. Conclusion / Hermann Giliomee / Charles Simkins.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0203989643 (electronic bk.)
9780203989647 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 61262061
Additional Format Print version: Awkward embrace. Australia : Harwood Academic Publishers, ©1999 9057023741 9057023733 (OCoLC)42457378