ISBN 9781919798806
Pages 220
Dimensions 254 x 178 mm
Published 2005
Publisher Idasa, South Africa
Format Paperback

HIV/AIDS and Democratic Governance in South Africa

Illustrating the Impact on Electoral Processes

by Per Stand, Khabele Matlosa

Part of a continent-wide study being carried out by the Governance and AIDS Programme of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA), this book brings together the most recent and substantive empirical evidence pertaining to the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the democratic process and political dynamics in South Africa.

Concerned primarily with the sociological impacts of HIV/AIDS, the study demonstrates that beyond being a health crisis of great magnitude, the pandemic entails severe political and demographic consequences that pose some of the most serious threats to the capacity for democracy of the state and civil society; and which may yet undermine the democratic progress achieved by the country thus far. Further thereto, the authors argue that the crisis should be understood as a moral and ethical matter for all citizens concerned with social justice, in South Africa and beyond.

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Review

'groundbreaking...an attempt to understand how HIV/AIDS can and does impact on electoral democracy using South Africa as a case study'.

Paul Graham, Executive Director of IDASA
About the Authors

Per Stand

Per Strand is a political scientist, affiliated to the universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape in South Africa, and Uppsala in Sweden.

Khabele Matlosa

Kondwani Chirambo manages IDASA's Governance and AIDS Programme.

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