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Political Parties in South Africa: Do they Undermine or Underpin Democracy?

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Editors: Heather A. Thuynsma

ISBN: 978-0-7983-0514-3

Size: 254mm X 170mm

Pages: 204

Availability: July 2017

Price: R250.00

Publisher: AISA

Political Parties and the party system that underpins South Africa’s democracy have potential to build a cohesive and prosperous nation. But in the past few years the ANC’s dominance has strained the system and tested it and its institutions’ fortitude. There are deeper issues of accountability that often spurn the Constitution and there is also a clear need to foster meaningful public participation and transparency. This volume offers a different and detailed assessment of the health of South Africa’s political system.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

South Africa’s Complex Party System after the 2016 Local Government

Introduction

Exploring the South African Experience

Assessing success

CHAPTER 1

Whither the ANC’s Dominance?

-Waning Electoral Dominance, Rising Hegemonic Dominance

CHAPTER 2

The Need to Reform the Electoral System in South Africa

-A Constitutional Engineering Perspective

CHAPTER 3

Women, the Electoral System and Political Parties

CHAPTER 4

Political Parties and Political Leadership

-Sewing Reconciliation or Divisions?

CHAPTER 5

Do Political Parties Still Shift Public Opinion?

CHAPTER 6

Securing their Future

-Using Election Campaigns to Safeguard the Party System

CHAPTER 7

Political Parties and their Capacity to Provide Parliamentary Oversight

CHAPTER 8

ANC Hegemony

Social and Economic Ramifications for South Africa

CHAPTER 9

The African National Congress and South Africa’s Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

-A Decolonial African Perspective

Conclusion

Moving South Africa Forward…?

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