ISBN 9781920409104
Pages 48
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Idasa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Civil Society and the Zuma Government

Opportunities for Engagement

edited by Yvette Geyer, Ivor Jenkins

A healthy democracy needs a government that understands that it has to share some of its power with civil society, the realm in which citizens acquire a voice, enabling them to ensure that government responds to their needs and is accountable to them in an ongoing representative manner beyond the ballot box. The public debate on whether there are centralist impulses evident in the ANC as the dominant electoral force raises questions about the nature of democracy and the state of South Africa. Is there a danger of government distinguishing between development and democracy and acting as if they are mutually exclusive?

African democracy institute Idasa and the International Development Research Centre held a roundtable discussion, of which this publication is the result, on the role of civil society, the areas of involvement for civil society, the policy recommendations to be made and areas of research need to be explored.

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