Institutions, Ethnicity, and Political Mobilization in South Africa

by J. Piombo
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An investigation of post-apartheid South Africa, which is notable for a history of politicized ethnicity, a complicated network of ethnic groups and for an expectation that ethnic violence would follow the 1994 political transition that did not occur following democratization.


J. Piombo

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Illustrations Note:
3 Illustrations, black and white; XVI, 260 p. 3 illus.
Table of Contents:
Ethnic Mobilization During Democratization Shaping Strategies of Political Mobilization South Africa's Political Institutions and Social Divisions Electoral Politics in South Africa, 1994 – 2004 The ANC: Playing to Win The New National Party: Transforming itself into Irrelevance From Democratic Party to Democratic Alliance: Mobilizing Minority Power? The Inkatha Freedom Party: De-Mobilizing Ethnic Power The Contingent Nature of Political Mobilization Bibliography
Media Type:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Biography Artist:
JESSICA PIOMBO is an Assistant Professor and Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), USA.

'Jessica Piombo offers an innovative and provocative explanation for why post-apartheid South Africa has avoided the siren song of ethnic politics that so many scholars predicted would emerge to dominate its new democracy. Rather than any shifts in the social identifies of its citizens, the incentives implied in its new political institutions have (perhaps unwittingly) led its major political parties to de-emphasize the activation of ethnic identities or the courting of regional minorities, and concentrate instead on the pursuit of national power through broad-based campaign appeals. The irony, however, is that these same institutions also work to insulate the countries elected leaders from day to day citizen influence. Piombo thus offers a new, theoretically rooted perspective on a fundamental conundrum of South Africa's emerging democracy.' - Robert Mattes, Professor of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Centre for Social Science Research

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Product Type:
Hardback book
Release date:
13 October 2009
Package Dimensions:
0.211 x 0.142 x 0.02 m; 0.408 kg
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