Healthy Democracies? The Potential Impact of AIDS on Democracy in Southern Africa

“Social scientists are only beginning to understand the range of potential impacts the HIV/AIDS pandemic may have on Southern African societies.However, the implications of the pandemic for the survival and
consolidation of democratic government, in particular, remain largely unexamined.This paper attempts to systematise emerging thinking about the various economic, social and political consequences of HIV/AIDS in the context of political science’s best
available knowledge about the factors that lead to the consolidation of democracy.”