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The Institutions of Representative Democracy

Year: 2004
Working paper number: 085
Author: Nijzink, Lia
Unit: DARU
Abstract:

This paper charts the development of the two institutions most central to the nature of representative democracy in South Africa: the electoral system and the National Assembly.  It reviews how developments since 1994 have shaped the institutional context in which political parties operate and compete for power. The paper first considers how the National Assembly has developed over the past ten years, reviewing the performance of parliament and its role in the consolidation of democracy. The second part of the paper focuses on the electoral system, reviewing the debate around electoral reform and discussing changes that have been introduced since 1999. In the conclusion, we suggest what the implications of these institutional developments are for the future of representative democracy in South Africa.


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