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The Influence of the Type of Dominant Party on Democracy

A Comparison Between South Africa and Malaysia


Part of the Politik in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika book series (POA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-21
  2. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 23-27
  3. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 29-53
  4. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 55-72
  5. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 73-155
  6. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 157-191
  7. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 193-285
  8. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 287-354
  9. Malte Kaßner
    Pages 355-358
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 359-384

About this book


Dominant parties and democracies – are they really strange bedfellows? Malte Kaßner sheds light on the relation between one-party dominance and democracy from a comparative perspective. The study examines the key question how different types of dominant parties influence democracy in multicultural societies with the help of two case studies: South Africa and Malaysia. Both countries are characterized by an ethnically, linguistically and religiously plural society. The author analyses the two dominant parties African National Congress (ANC) and United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and their implications on democracy in the two countries. The outcome suggests that one-party dominance per se cannot be assessed as beneficial or harmful for democratic development. Rather, dominant parties deserve a stronger analytical differentiation. Causal patterns contribute to such a differentiation.



  • Different types of dominant parties
  • Organization of dominant parties
  • Character and impacts of ideological concepts
  • Behavioural norms of dominant parties
  • Effects on the type of democracy

Target groups

  • Researchers and students in political science
  • Strategists of political parties
  • Political analysts and commentators



Malte Kaßner is freelance coach and consultant for development co-operations worldwide.


African National Congress (ANC) Democracy Malaysia Political Parties South Africa United Malays National Organization (UMNO)

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BonnGermany

About the authors

Malte Kaßner is freelance coach and consultant for development co-operations worldwide.

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