n Journal of African Elections - One Woman, One Vote : The Gender Politics of South African Elections, edited by G. Fick, S. Meintjes and M. Simons : book review

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-4700


Extracted from text ... One Woman, One Vote: The Gender Politics of South African Elections Edited by G Fick, S Meintjes and M Simons The Electoral Institute of Southern Africa Within current literature, elections as a yardstick for democratic politics are increasingly under critique. A number of scholars observe that the study of democracy has suffered from disproportionate emphasis on elections, principally anchored within the Schumpetarian definition of democracy that centres on contestation (Harbeson 1999; Luckham, Goetz & Kaldor 2000). In other words there is a recognition that elections can no longer be conceived as the only measure of democratic politics, at least ..

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