About the Book
There is a growing sense that the promise of democracy in South Africa has not been adequately redeemed. This book tracks the steady decay of that promise in recent years. Written from an understanding that democracy should be for everyone, rather than merely a contest between elites, it explore the growing authoritarianism of the state, the deepening social crisis, and the avenues of hope and possibility. In a moment when old certainties are breaking down, and new ideas and social forces are taking the stage, this book offers a compelling invitation to take democracy seriously.
About the Author
Richard Pithouse teaches politics at Rhodes University, where he lectures on contemporary political theory and urban studies. He writes regularly for journals and newspapers, both print and online, and his commentary is widely read.