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Racial animosity and political party partisanship in South Africa: the case of the African National Congress and the black African majority

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-28 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-17T12:15:10Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-17T12:15:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017-08-28 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11093
dc.description.abstract As it is in many countries, racial rhetoric is a feature of South African national government elections. The use of such rhetoric provokes the question, how much is political party support in the country driven by interracial animosities? Using the nationally representative public opinion dataset, the South African Social Attitudes Survey, this article looks at party closeness to the African National Congress (ANC) amongst the black African population. The ANC is one of the oldest and most powerful political parties on the African continent and currently dominates South Africa???s parliamentary government. Constructing four indexes of racial attitudes and behaviours, the article investigates whether partisanship with the ruling party can be predicted by racial animosity. The period under investigation is 2010???2014. Bivariate and multivariate quantitative techniques are employed to test the relationship between ANC partisanship and racial animosity. The results of this investigation show that racial enmity in the country is troublingly widespread. Public opinion analysis, however, found no correlation between racial acrimony and ANC partisanship. Other factors are driving black African identification with the country???s ruling party. The implications of these results for the study for political party support in South Africa are discussed and future avenues of research presented. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC) en
dc.subject ELECTIONS en
dc.subject RACIAL SEGREGATION en
dc.title Racial animosity and political party partisanship in South Africa: the case of the African National Congress and the black African majority en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 25(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Democratization en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9896 en
dc.PageNumber 351-368 en
dc.outputnumber 8800 en
dc.bibliographictitle Gordon, S.L. (2017) Racial animosity and political party partisanship in South Africa: the case of the African National Congress and the black African majority. <i>Democratization</i>. 25(2):351-368. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Gordon, S.L. en


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