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Democratising Development

The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa


Edited by Peris Jones and Kristian Stokke

What are the prospects and means of achieving development through a democratic politics of socio-economic rights? Starting from the position that socio-economic rights are as legally and normatively valid as civil and political rights, this anthology explores the politics of acquiring and transforming socio-economic rights in South Africa. The book brings together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars in an examination of the multifaceted politics of social and economic policy-making, rights-based political struggles and socio-economic rights litigations. The post-apartheid South African experience shows that there is no guarantee that democracy will eliminate poverty or reduce social inequality, but also that democratic institutions and politics may provide important means for asserting interests and rights in regard to development. Thus it is argued that democratic politics of socio-economic rights may democratise development while also developing democracy.

Armen Mazmanyan

DOI: 10.1163/157303509X406232 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 Review of Central and East European Law 34 (2009) 71-92 Should Constitutional Courts Adjudicate Political Disputes? The Perspectives of Democratization in Soviet Successor States Armen Mazmanyan Abstract This article explores

David Lovell

of the foreign policies of liberal democracies tends to diminish the challenges of democratization and has the potential to exacerbate international tensions, bring democracy itself into disrepute, and diminish the role of traditional diplomacy in manag- ing differences between states. Keywords

Bruce Hemmer, John Graham, Paula Garb and Marlett Phillips

of experience in peacebuilding and democratization in Bosnia and Hercegovina. ** Paula Garb is associate director of international studies and associate adjunct profes- sor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is co-director and founding mem- ber of UCI’s Center for Citizen

Paul Blokker

1. Introduction In the last few decades, the ideas of the rule of law and constitutionalism have become an intrinsic part of any process of democratisation around the world. This was equally the case in the radical changes that occurred in East-Central Europe (ECE) around the year of 1989. A

Theresa Squatrito

initial step toward understanding if and how IC s improve or weaken the presence of democratic values in international lawmaking. In particular, I home in on one feature of the institutional design of IC s and ask what potential role it plays in democratizing international lawmaking. The design

Boutros-Ghali, Boutros

This chapter is part of: Le droit international à la recherche de ses valeurs : paix, développement, démocratisation (Volume 286) Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law (Volume 286) Publication Editor: Hague Academy of International Law Volume: 286 Brill | Nijhoff, Leiden

Uchechukwu Ngwaba

Gonnie de Boer and Frans Weisglas

-parliamentary assemblies, globalization, democratization, scrutiny, accountability, legitimacy, parliamentarians. Parliamentary Diplomacy ‘Parliamentary diplomacy’ is not yet a widely studied subject. Indeed, the recent past and near future will only begin to see its proper definition. While a sound theoretical analysis

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

, interstate cooperation is increasing. The end of the Cold War has brought an unprecedented consensus on democratization as the surest mechanism for advancing the goals of peace, development, and human rights. Today, democratization is not only an imperative, it is, for the first time in history, possible to