Botswana Country Report

Image: Flickr, Shiraz Chakera
Image: Flickr, Shiraz Chakera

This study is aimed at understanding the nature and effectiveness of parliamentary democracy in Botswana with a view to helping improve it.

In this respect, it examines a number of issues covering six broad areas, including the role of parliament, parliamentary democracy in Botswana, the parliamentary–electorate/public relationship, parliament–civil society interaction, parliamentary opposition and civil society. Through examining these issues, it is hoped that the study will contribute towards the strengthening of democracy in Botswana.

About the contributors

Bertha Osei-Hwedie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Botswana, Gaborone. She received a PhD degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US. She has authored a number of research papers and publications in both journals and books. The most recent have appeared in Africa Studies Quarterly, Il Politico, Transformation, International Relations, Africa Notes, Development Policy Management and Botswana Notes and Records. She is currently  co-editing three books: Perspectives on politics of socio-economic development in (Southern Africa); Reflections on social development: Issues and challenges; and Issues in HIV/AIDS and social welfare.

Dr David Sebudubudu is a lecturer in Political Science in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Botswana, Gaborone. He obtained a Master’s in Politics in 1997 and a PhD in 2002 from the University of Leeds, England. David has published extensively in Southern Africa Political and Economic Monthly, Leeds; University African Studies Bulletin, and Botswana Notes and Records.

Series Editor: Tim Hughes
SAIIA: 2004
ISBN: 1-919969-021-0
Funded by the Royal Danish Embassy, Pretoria.

29 Apr 2008