Northwestern University

Wed 12:00 PM

Erik Ponder: Stalled Democracy, Incomplete Transition

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When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, Room 106, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Program of African Studies   847.491.7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


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Stalled Democracy, Incomplete Transition: South Africa and the African National Congress at a Crossroads

Erik Ponder, Northwestern University Library

Bio and Abstract
Erik Ponder is the African Studies librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. He is a southern African specialist and has been traveling to the region for over 20 years. He has conducted numerous research projects in South Africa that have focused on contemporary issues of democracy and democratization.

The presentation explores the crisis of democracy and one-party politics in South Africa. It is posited that South Africa has experienced a partial democratic transition and that in fact the democratic process has been stalled. The presentation will analyze political developments within the past year and pay particular attention to the electoral outcome and selection of new party leadership at the 54th National Conference of the African National Congress and its implications for national elections in 2019.

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