Divergent Paths of Development: The Modern World-System and Democratization in South Africa and Zambia

  • Stefan Andreasson Arizona State University

Abstract

The 1990s constitute a watershed decade for change in postcolonial Africa as one-party states have crumbled and old authoritarian leaders have stepped down or been removed. The ?rst few years of the 1990s saw about half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa either install, or prepare for, multiparty rule (Widner 1994:1; van de Walle 1999a:21). Of course, not all change has been positive and it is not clear whether the current democratic wave can be sustained as the latter part of the decade has brought both severe setbacks and continued success (Bratton and van de Walle 1997:3; Diamond 1999:269270; Baker 2000: 9). Considering the precarious nature of African democratization, it is necessary to further investigate its future prospects.
Published
2001-08-26
How to Cite
Andreasson, S. (2001). Divergent Paths of Development: The Modern World-System and Democratization in South Africa and Zambia. Journal of World-Systems Research, 7(2), 175-223. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2001.179
Section
General Section