Democracy and public participation

Posted on March 25, 2010. Filed under: News |

KATE LEFKO-EVERETT

I recently contributed a chapter on Participation and Democracy to Idasa‘s newly-released Democracy Index, edited by Neeta Misra-Dexter and Judith February. Entitled Testing Democracy: Which Way is South Africa Going?, the Index assesses South African democracy “in terms of the goals that defined the country’s democratic transformation in 1994” and interrogates “how closely, in practice, democracy meets the broadly defined ideal of popular self-government”.

In conducting research for the Index, I found that despite evidence of the consolidation of many facets of South African democracy, the last five years have also seen “growing evidence of a downturn in citizen confidence in government, the strength of public institutions, the integrity of political leadership, and the health of democracy overall”.

The contents, introduction and biographical information about authors are available online (click here), and the full publication can be purchased from Idasa.

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