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Electoral Politics in South Africa: Assessing the First Democratic Decade (Hardback)
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Electoral Politics in South Africa: Assessing the First Democratic Decade (Hardback)

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Hardback 297 Pages / Published: 23/05/2006
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Ten years into the 'new' South Africa, how does democracy function? This volume provides a retrospective on a decade of elections and democracy in South Africa. The book analyzes the evolution of the party system and electoral campaigns; tracks changes in public opinion and voter motivations; assesses the political implications of socioeconomic change; depicts the evolution of parliament and the electoral system; probes the often-tense relationship between media and government; analyzes the institutionalization the Independent Electoral Commission; and, finally, argues that South Africa is witnessing a 'normalization' of politics. 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.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403971234
Number of pages: 297
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
Edition: 2005 ed.


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'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, South Africa

'Electoral Politics in South Africa is an excellent guide to the highs and lows of South Africa's first decade of democracy. Piombo and Nijzink have assembled 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. The book makes essential reading for anyone wishing to understand where South African democracy is heading.' - Andrew Reynolds, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and Editor of Election '94 South Africa and Election '99 South Africa

'...this is a worthwhile book, with two excellent introductory chapters and much useful information, especially on the smaller parties...' - The Round Table

'As South Africa moves towards its next democratic election, it is important to understand the electoral trends that have emerged in the past decade. Electoral Politics in South Africa makes a valuable contribution to the body of work that contributes to that understanding.' - Focus

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