National Liberation Movements in Office: Forging Democracy with African Adjectives in Namibia

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Political Science - 504 pages
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How does a liberation movement transform itself into a political party? What are the burdens and liabilities that come about when these movements integrate in the democratic process? The author tries to answer these questions analyzing SWAPO's war of independence against the South African apartheid regime and the changes it went through once the party won the first free elections in 1989. The authoritarian regime that emerged was the outcome of thirty years of exile in neighboring Zambia and Angola. The latter and the consequences of the earlier destruction of the African traditions, following the colonial intervention, gave way to a specific African version of democracy. Is this democracy going to develop into a full, all embracing system or it is going to end in democratic failure? The author looks deeply into the historical and political past of the Namibian process and gives an optimistic, upbeat account of an African democracy.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgement
7
Democracy An African Relevant Conceptualization
23
Namibia A Modell Case of African Democratic Forma
61
SWAPO A Liberation Movements Internal and Exter
93
Exile SWAPO Leadership and Followers Explored
141
Inside Namibia The Challenges and Opportunities
187
SWAPOs
229
from the Offensive to
285
The 1980s The Roles of Multiple Actors in Stalemate
319
Independence Peace Accords Inclusionary Politics
363
Southern Africa at the Crossroads Namibia in its
413
Appendices Namibian Political Parties
483
Bibliography
491
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The Author: Elena Torreguitar was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina). She studied in Buenos Aires and Madrid and wrote her Ph.D. at Boston University.

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