Many paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lens

dc.contributor.authorMast, Andrewen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-08T14:24:56Z
dc.date.available2014-09-08T14:24:56Z
dc.date.issued2002en_ZA
dc.descriptionBibliography: leaves 55-56.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractIn 1994, South Africa held national elections that, for the first time, were open to voters of all races. Prior to this event, however, most political analysts would have considered the possibility of a peaceful transition unlikely. This is because most contemporary transition theory advocates strategies of compromise and elite pact-making. In apartheid South Africa, the prospects for such a resolution appeared poor. But what if compromise is not always the best path to democracy? Gretchen Casper and Michelle M. Taylor (1996) offer one theoretical approach that concludes just that. By focussing its attention on the process of transition and the interaction between the various actors involved, Casper and Taylor find that highly charged negotiations more often result in effective, consolidated democracy. Consequently, this paper examines, applies, and critiques their approach through the South African case. What we find is that their model appears theoretically sound, and can be successfully applied to the South African case, but fails to capture the complexities of the post-transition experience in South Africa. But, in many ways, the South African case is an unusual one, and is not easily explained by any contemporary theory. As such, this failure is not completely due to weaknesses in the model. Consequently, we conclude that there are clearly benefits to utilizing their approach, and the conclusions drawn from their model may yet yield some important theory, but the model cannot be considered complete, despite their unique focus.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationMast, A. (2002). <i>Many paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lens</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6985en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationMast, Andrew. <i>"Many paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lens."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2002. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6985en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationMast, A. 2002. Many paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lens. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Mast, Andrew AB - In 1994, South Africa held national elections that, for the first time, were open to voters of all races. Prior to this event, however, most political analysts would have considered the possibility of a peaceful transition unlikely. This is because most contemporary transition theory advocates strategies of compromise and elite pact-making. In apartheid South Africa, the prospects for such a resolution appeared poor. But what if compromise is not always the best path to democracy? Gretchen Casper and Michelle M. Taylor (1996) offer one theoretical approach that concludes just that. By focussing its attention on the process of transition and the interaction between the various actors involved, Casper and Taylor find that highly charged negotiations more often result in effective, consolidated democracy. Consequently, this paper examines, applies, and critiques their approach through the South African case. What we find is that their model appears theoretically sound, and can be successfully applied to the South African case, but fails to capture the complexities of the post-transition experience in South Africa. But, in many ways, the South African case is an unusual one, and is not easily explained by any contemporary theory. As such, this failure is not completely due to weaknesses in the model. Consequently, we conclude that there are clearly benefits to utilizing their approach, and the conclusions drawn from their model may yet yield some important theory, but the model cannot be considered complete, despite their unique focus. DA - 2002 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2002 T1 - Many paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lens TI - Many paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lens UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6985 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/6985
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationMast A. Many paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lens. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2002 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6985en_ZA
dc.language.isoengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Political Studiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherPolitical Studiesen_ZA
dc.titleMany paths to democracy : a critique of Casper and Taylor's theoretical model through the South African lensen_ZA
dc.typeMaster Thesis
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dc.type.qualificationnameMSocScen_ZA
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