Electoral and Intellectual Exercises in Validation

The Ebbing Wave in Southern Africa

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  • 1 SOAS, University of London Sc5@soas.ac.uk
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Huntington's third wave of democracy was no such thing. It neither ushered in a democratic era nor was it a wave in any acceptable historical sense. What it did do was to highlight a contrast and competition among norms and values, so that what we automatically regard as undemocratic practice that is norm-free is no such thing. They might perhaps, and with a freight of contingencies, be bad norms—but they are still norms.

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