PR Case Study Election Results: South Africa and Namibia

Andrew Reynolds

in Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295105
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600128 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 PR Case Study Election Results: South Africa and Namibia

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This chapter and the previous one (Ch. 5) describe the political histories of the case studies presented in the book, paying particular attention to their democratic transitions, institutional choices, and experience of multiparty elections. Together with Ch. 7, they form the historical, empirical, and quantitative heart of the book, providing the foundational evidence against which earlier postulated theories are gauged (Chs 1 and 2), and upon which subsequent comparisons, recommendations, and conclusions are based. Chapter 6 describes and analyses elections held under proportional representation (PR) in South Africa and Namibia. For each case study, full numerical results are given, along with an explanation of the electoral system formula and how that system came to be used; also included are summaries of the implications, for both parties and government, of election results, defining aspects of each newly elected parliament, and the election campaign that preceded it; the question of the validity and legitimacy of each published result is also addressed. A re-running exercise is carried out in Ch. 7 that uses the results presented here, and is based on plurality SMD, AV-SMD, and AV-MMD, together with the list PR method not utilized in the actual elections.

Keywords: case studies; election campaigns; electoral results; electoral systems; legitimacy; Namibia; plurality proportional representation; South Africa

Chapter.  8608 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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