n Journal of African Elections - From pre-colony to post-colony : continuities and discontinuities in political power relations and governance in Botswana

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-4700



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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