Democracy in the South

Participation, the State and the People

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Traditionally, studies on democracy have focused on the orthodox so-called Northern models of democratic governance, and within this framework, the extent to which Southern models are considered democratic. Democracy in the South is the first truly international collaboration that draws attention to the complex problems of democratic consolidation across the majority world. Nine case studies, three each from Africa, Latin America and Asia, shed light on the contemporary challenges faced by democratizing countries, mostly from the perspective of emerging theorists working in their home countries.



Colombia: Not the oldest democracy in Latin America, but rather a fake one

If the concept of democracy is “government of the people, by the people and for the people” – as was stated in the introductory chapter – what is the rationale behind a democratic state that is accused by Amnesty International and the United Nations (UN) of recurrent violations of human rights, that has allowed almost 10 per cent of its population (about 3 million people) to be forcibly displaced, that is contending for first place in the world as a cocaine producer and that has had an internal, armed political conflict for 60 years, among other associated problems?


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