Democracy in Lesotho : theory and practice of opposition

Mohapi, R.A. (2006) Democracy in Lesotho : theory and practice of opposition. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




Using theoretical insights from elsewhere, this thesis examines and explains Lesotho’s opposition. It argues that the decline of single-member constituency and the rise of Mixed Member Proportionality (MMP) has weakened the prospects for a strong opposition in Lesotho; more parties in parliament have strengthened the hold of the ruling party. These parties cannot overturn the parliamentary decisions of the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), which continues to win more than 90% of majority seats in successive elections. So, most bills and motions passed in parliament have support of the majority of the MPs of LCD. Opposition parties have little legislative impact in challenging the policies of government. Paradoxically, MPs of the LCD are often the only source of opposition in the country’s parliament.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:M.A. (Political and International Studies). A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts (Political Studies).
Uncontrolled Keywords:democracy, Lesotho, political parties, opposition parties, Lesotho Congress for Democracy, LCD
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Political Studies and International Studies
Supervisors:Vale, P. (Prof.)
ID Code:652
Deposited By: Rhodes Library Archive Administrator
Deposited On:10 May 2007
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:18
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