n Journal of African Elections - From pre-colony to post-colony : continuities and discontinuities in political power relations and governance in Botswana
|Article Title||From pre-colony to post-colony : continuities and discontinuities in political power relations and governance in Botswana|
|© Publisher:||Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA)|
|Journal||Journal of African Elections|
|Publication Date||Dec 2006|
|Pages||5 - 20|
Botswana has been praised for its adherence to parliamentary democracy and good governance and as the best hope for Africa. However, a closer examination of its much vaunted democracy reveals a top-down presidential system in which an unelected president has more power and authority than an elected Parliament and the country's parliamentary system does not ensure and facilitate broad-based and inclusive political participation in the decision-making process. This resembles the political power relations and governance systems of both the pre-colonial era under the chiefs and the colonial era of the resident commissioners.
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