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Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa

Andrew Reynolds


This book is one of the series Oxford Studies in Democratization, and examines electoral systems and democratization in southern Africa. The design of electoral systems and executive types is increasingly being recognized as the key lever of constitutional engineering to be applied in the interests of political accommodation and stability in ethnically divided societies. In this comparative study of democratic design in southern Africa, Andrew Reynolds finds that the decisions about how to constitute representative parliaments have wide-ranging effects on the type of parties and the party syst ... More

Keywords: consensual government, consociational government, democratic design, democratization, electoral systems, executive–legislative relations, governance, majoritarian government, majority interests, Malawi, minority interests, Namibia, parliamentary system, party system, presidential system, representative parliaments, South Africa, southern Africa, type of parties, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198295105
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198295103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Reynolds, author
University of Notre Dame
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