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Politics in Southern Africa: Transition and Transformation, 2nd Edition

Gretchen Bauer and Scott D. Taylor
Politics in Southern Africa: Transition and Transformation, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-794-8
ISBN: 978-1-62637-221-4
2011/437 pages/LC: 2011011361
A related title: The Political Economy of Regionalism in Southern Africa by Margaret C. Lee.

"A very readable volume that should be extremely attractive for African politics courses."—Choice

Praise for the previous edition:

"Scholars will appreciate its comprehensive approach; faculty seeking a useful but demanding text for their students will welcome it; and Africanists will appreciate its supportive evidence.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"This is a superb textbook for the study of Southern Africa.... A fine and eminently useful work that even veteran scholars will learn from."—William Foltz, Yale University

"A much-needed and comprehensive text and analysis of the sociopolitical economy of the eight major states of southern Africa."—I. William Zartman, Africa Today


The developments of the past seven years are reflected throughout this thoroughly revised edition of Politics in Southern Africa.

Bauer and Taylor systematically examine politics and society in the region. After introducing the themes that guide their analysis, in each of eight country studies they trace the country’s historical origins and then analyze state institutions, political parties and civil society, fundamentals of the political economy, and the major challenges faced by state and society. In the final section of the book, they investigate issues that transcend regional borders: women and politics, living with HIV/AIDS, and southern Africa's role on the continent and in the world.


Gretchen Bauer is professor of political science at the University of Delaware. Her publications include Women in African Parliaments (with Hannah E. Britton) and Labor and Democracy in Namibia, 1971-1996. Scott D. Taylor is associate professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of Business and the State in Southern Africa: The Politics of Economic Reform and Culture and Customs of Zambia.


  • Introduction.
  • Malawi: Institutionalizing Democracy.
  • Zambia: The Uncertainties of Political Pluralism.
  • Botswana: Still the Exception?
  • Mozambique: The Emergence of Dominant-Party Politics.
  • Angola: Prosperity and Patronage Politics.
  • Zimbabwe: State, Society, and Prolonged Crisis.
  • Namibia: Liberation and Its Discontents.
  • South Africa: Hard Realities in the Rainbow Nation.
  • Living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.
  • Women Remaking Politics in Southern Africa.
  • Southern Africa’s International Relations.
  • Conclusion.