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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Is Democracy Alive and Well in South Africa? Evaluating the results of the 2019 National Elections

Anne Pitcher

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This presentation evaluates the state of democracy in South Africa over the last 25 years. How respected and stable are democratic institutions following the historic elections of 1994? Has the African National Congress, the ruling party, successfully addressed the harmful legacy of apartheid? Has the government realized the ideals of the country’s first, democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, to eradicate poverty and promote dignity? We focus on the 2019 National Elections to answer these questions.

Anne Pitcher is a Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Her current research examines party politics, urban political economy, and state-business relations in Africa. She has conducted fieldwork, survey and archival research in Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. She has published several books and dozens of articles in scholarly journals. She formerly served as President of the African Studies Association.

This is the second in a six-lecture series. The subject is South Africa: Past, Present, and a Look Forward. The next lecture will be September 26, 2019. The title is: De Facto and De Jure Apartheid: On the Moral, Politcal and Policy Failures of the Post-Apartheid State: A Call for an Official State Apology for Apartheid in South Africa
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  • $10 for an individual lecture. Payable at the door. Checks preferred. $35 for the entire series of 6 lectures.
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