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Electoral politics in South Africa

Assessing the first democratic decade

Jessica Piombo, Lia Nijzink (eds)

Format210mm x 148mm
ISBN 100-7969-2170-9
ISBN 13978-07969-2170-3
Publish Year2007
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This comprehensive volume brings together contributions and diverse opinions from leading and emerging South African and international scholars to assess the quality of democracy and the electoral process in South Africa over the past ten years, with particular emphasis on the 2004 elections. The book speaks to a broad range of topics, all linked through the electoral theme, which get to the heart of many issues in contemporary South African politics.

It offers an absorbing analysis of the evolution of the party system and party campaigns; tracks changes in public opinion and voter motivations; assesses the political implications of socio-economic change; depicts the evolution of parliament and the electoral system; probes the often tense relationship between media and government; and analyses the institutionalisation of the Independent Electoral Commission.

Electoral Politics in South Africa serves as an essential sourcebook for information on the elections, the parties and their campaigns and as an authoritative contribution to careful electoral process analysis.

Co-published with Palgrave Macmillan - ISBN 1-4039-7123-4

Part 1 A Decade of Democracy

  • A Voice for Some: South Africa’s Ten Years of Democracy
    Steven Friedman
  • Two The Electoral Implications of Social and Economic Change since 1994
    Jeremy Seekings
  • Voter Information, Government Evaluations, and Party Images in the First Democratic Decade
    Robert Mattes
  • Parliament and the Electoral System: How Are South Africans Being Represented?
    Lia Nijzink and Jessica Piombo
  • Five Electoral Administration: Achievements and Continuing Challenges
    Claude Kabemba

Part 2 The Party Campaigns

  • The African National Congress: There Is No Party Like It; Ayikho Efana Nayo
    Tom Lodge
  • The Democratic Alliance: Progress and Pitfalls
    Susan Booysen
  • The Inkatha Freedom Party: Between the Impossible and the Ineffective
    Laurence Piper
  • The New National Party: The End of the Road
    Collette Schulz-Herzenberg
  • Struggling to Represent the Left: The Pan Africanist Congress, the Azanian People’s Organization, and the Independent Democrats
    Thabisi Hoeane
  • The Smallest Parties: The ACDP, UCDP, FF, MF, and UDM
    Sanusha Naidu and Mbogeni Manqele

Part 3 Results and Assessment

  • Media Coverage in Election 2004:Were Some Parties More Equal Than Others?
    Gavin Davis
  • The Results of Election 2004: Looking Back, Stepping Forward
    Jessica Piombo
About the Author/s

Dr Jessica Piombo is the Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa and Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where she teaches courses on Southern African politics. Piombo is also a research associate at Stanford's Centre for African Studies, and a visiting scholar at the Centre for Social Science Research of the University of Cape Town.

Ms Lia Nijzink is the Project Manager of the African Legislatures Project.

"An invaluable and lively collection of essays on South Africa's electoral politics by the leading authorities in the field...Essential reading for all those interested in the 'New' South Africa."
Anthony Butler, Associate Professor, University of Cape Town

“An outstanding cast of writers whose essays illuminate not just the 2004 election but highlight how the nation has grappled with the transition from apartheid to multi-party democracy.”
Andrew Reynolds, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and Editor of Election '94 South Africa and Election '99 South Africa

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New Agenda Electoral Politics 01 Oct 2007



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