Race, class and voting patterns in South Africa's electoral system: ten years of democracy

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dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-17 en
dc.date.accessioned 2023-09-13T01:45:20Z
dc.date.available 2023-09-13T01:45:20Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/6377
dc.description.abstract In the run up to South Africa's three national elections both academia and the media advocated that electoral behaviour would be informed by the race census thesis. This article challenges this dominant thesis by using evidence from post-apartheid South Africa's three general elections which suggests that the racial census thesis is not the only factor that determines and/or explains voter behavior of the South African electorate. The indications are that significant sections of the electorate make rational choices during elections and decide on the bases of information available to them that guides them to choose which party most closely represent their material and other interests. Therefore the article concludes that the link between racial/tribal identities and electoral behaviour is not strong enough and that opposition politicians who do not recognize this will continue to take the mistake of basing their electoral campaign on crude racial assumptions about the South African electorate, resulting in failure to attract the support of a cross-section of the electorate. And the latter is bound to have negative consequences for the consolidation of democracy in the country. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject ELECTIONS en
dc.title Race, class and voting patterns in South Africa's electoral system: ten years of democracy en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 31(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2006/07 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Africa Development en
dc.ArchiveNumber 4269 en
dc.PageNumber 81-92 en
dc.outputnumber 2815 en
dc.bibliographictitle Habib, A. & Naidu, S. (2006) Race, class and voting patterns in South Africas electoral system: ten years of democracy. Africa Development. 31(3):81-92. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/6377 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/6377 en
dc.publicationyear 2006 en
dc.contributor.author1 Habib, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Naidu, S. en

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