Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Democracy and Party Systems in Developing Countries by Clemens Spiess

This book examines and compares the emergence, development and impact of the party systems in post-colonial India and post-apartheid South Africa. It sheds light on the crucial role and function of party systems in democratising developing countries. Although often described as political miracles or empirical anomalies, both countries actually figure prominently in party system and democratic theory due to their regional importance and the important role the party system plays in their political trajectory. The author employs a diachronic comparison of the two party systems, with a distinct focus on the role of party agency in the shaping and maintenance of one-party-dominance and on the role of the two party systems as independent variables. Highlighting the similarities and differences between the two systems, he examines whether the lessons learned from the Indian experience in terms of the function and effects of the country's post-independent party system and the role of party agency therein are applicable to South Africa. This book will be of interest to academics working in the field of democracy, comparative politics and development in general, and South Africa and South Asia in particular.

Buy Democracy and Party Systems in Developing Countries by Clemens Spiess from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780415468091
ISBN-10: 0415468094
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Democracy and Party Systems in Developing Countries by Clemens Spiess

Book Reviews - Democracy and Party Systems in Developing Countries by Clemens Spiess

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Democracy and Party Systems in Developing Countries book by Clemens Spiess and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Clemens Spiess

University of Heidelberg, Germany