chapter  4
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Maintenance of one-party-dominance in India and South Africa: mechanisms of control and competition

The preceding chapter may account for the emergence of one-party-dominance in the respective regional contexts but it does not explain continued dominance, and gives only a slight indication of the mechanisms of control and competition at work in a system of one-party-dominance. How and why is the dominant party able to maintain dominance, under such changed circumstances, following its initial ascent to political power? How is it able to contain, or adapt to, countervailing forces, be it opposition politics or other societal dynamics? Equally important, how is it able to countervail the inherent dynamics of one-party-dominance that may have a negative effect on its capacity to dominate?