n Journal of African Elections - Trends in state-civil society relations in Botswana

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-4700



The accolades that have been heaped on Botswana as a shining example of democracy and good governance in Africa have been exaggerated. While Botswana has regularly held elections since its independence in 1966, the post-colonial state's relationship with civil society reveals that some of the institutions of civil society such as labour unions and the independent press / media have been tightly controlled, in sharp contrast to others, such as human rights or women's organisations. This is because the former institutions are viewed as a threat to the status quo, while the latter are seen as compliant and playing only a legitimising role.

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