This work critically examines the realities of liberal democracy, its elitism and non-accountability and its inequalities and injustices. Participatory systems and movements, whether in Athens, 17th and 19th century England, or South Africa 1970-1990, are more effective in satisfying the democratic aspirations of the people and in curtailing ambitious elites, than what is passed off now as "democracy". By interrogating contemporary democratic regimes, in the United States, and in Botswana and South Africa, the severe limitations and constraints inherent in liberal democracy are highlighted. The need for a clear evaluation of what constituted democracy emerges as a powerful message of Kenneth Good's argument.
KENNETH GOOD is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Botswana, Gaborone. His publications include Development and Dependence: The Political Economy of Papua New Guinea (with Amarshi and Mortimer), Articulated Agricultural Development (with Donaldson) and Realizing Democracy in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. He has also contributed articles to several journals.