Ryan J. Suto's Blog

17 January 2013

Monochromatic Rule in the Rainbow Nation: Electoral Design in Post-Apartheid South Africa

This paper on post-conflict electoral engineering in South Africa can be found here.


In this paper I discuss the constitutional and electoral policies of post-apartheid South Africa. Specifically, I discuss whether the electoral design of its National Assembly has promoted multiparty democracy. Now nearly two decades removed from the ending of apartheid, I also discuss whether South Africa should seek a new electoral system for the National Assembly. I first discuss relevant history and the negotiations to end apartheid; I then discuss the results and implications of the post-apartheid elections. Lastly, I discuss South Africa’s electoral future and offer open-list proportional representation with provincial-specific lists as an ideal electoral reform.

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