The Liberal Model and Africa

Elites Against Democracy

  • Kenneth Good

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Autocratic Elites and Enfeebled Masses: Africa, Botswana and South Africa

  3. The USA

  4. South Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-92
    2. Kenneth Good
      Pages 93-109
    3. Kenneth Good
      Pages 110-136
    4. Kenneth Good
      Pages 137-163
  5. From Ancient to Future Worlds

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 194-256

About this book


This book critically examines the realities of liberal democracy; its elitism and non-accountability; and its inequalities and injustices. Participatory systems and movements, whether in Athens, seventeenth and nineteenth century England, or South Africa 1970-1990, are more effective in satisfying the democratic aspirations of the people and in curtailing ambitious elites, than what is passed off now as 'democracy'. By interrogating contemporary democratic regimes, in the United States, and in Botswana and South Africa, the severe limitations and constraints inherent in liberal democracy are highlighted. The need for a clear evaluation of what constituted democracy emerges as a powerful message of Kenneth Good's argument.


Africa ANC democracy empowerment evaluation Irish Republican Army (IRA) state

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Good
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BotswanaBotswana

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