About the Book
In Recovering Democracy, which brings together the best of his recent writings and essays, Raymond Suttner offers a fresh look at a wide range of contentious issues that currently preoccuppy South Africans, from the threat to constitutionalism to problems with leadership and questions of ethics. The book is as much an in-depth engagement with our difficult present as it is a stringent account of the politics of the Zuma era. But despite his strongly argued criticisms of the present political order, Suttner does not believe we should respond with pessimism or a sense of powerlessness. Much of the book is devoted to uncovering the strengths and fundamental values of our democracy and envisioning by ways which South Africans can recover and build on the promise of 1994.
About the Author
Raymond Suttner, who lives in Johannesburg, is a part-time Professor at Rhodes University and an Emeritus Professor at the University of South Africa. Initially a legal academic, he later obtained an interdisciplinary PhD in history, political studies and sociology. During the apartheid era he was jailed for his activities as an ANC underground operative, as described in one of his earlier works, Inside Apartheid’s Prison (2001). More recently, his book The ANC Underground was published by Jacana Media (2008).