ISBN 9781920033316
ePub ISBN 9781920033378
Pages 240
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2018
Publisher NISC (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

Consensus as Democracy in Africa

by Bernard Matolino

Some philosophers on the African continent and beyond are convinced that consensus, as a polity, represents the best chance for Africa to fully democratise. In Consensus as Democracy in Africa, Bernard Matolino challenges the basic assumptions built into consensus as a social and political theory. Central to his challenge to the claimed viability of consensus as a democratic system are three major questions: Is consensus genuinely superior to its majoritarian counterpart? Is consensus itself truly a democratic system? Is consensus sufficiently different from the one-party system? In taking up these issues and others closely associated with them, Matolino shows that consensus as a system of democracy encounters several challenges that make its viability highly doubtful. Matolino then attempts a combination of an understanding of an authentic mode of democracy with African reality to work out what a more desirable polity would be for the continent.

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‘… both an enquiry into the conceptual meaning and coherence of the claims made for consensual democracy and […] a reflection on the ways in which the precolonial past informs the political choices faced by the African continent.’ 

Professor Andrew Nash, Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town

About the Author

Bernard Matolino

Bernard Matolino is an associate professor in philosophy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus, South Africa. He is the author of Personhood in African Philosophy (2014). 

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