This book examines and compares the emergence, development and
impact of the party systems in post-colonial India and
post-apartheid South Africa. It sheds light on the crucial role and
function of party systems in democratising developing
Although often described as political miracles or empirical
anomalies, both countries actually figure prominently in party
system and democratic theory due to their regional importance and
the important role the party system plays in their political
trajectory. The author employs a diachronic comparison of the two
party systems, with a distinct focus on the role of party agency in
the shaping and maintenance of one-party-dominance and on the role
of the two party systems as independent variables. Highlighting the
similarities and differences between the two systems, he examines
whether the lessons learned from the Indian experience in terms of
the function and effects of the country's post-independent party
system and the role of party agency therein are applicable to South
This book will be of interest to academics working in the field
of democracy, comparative politics and development in general, and
South Africa and South Asia in particular.
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