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Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa$
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Andrew Reynolds

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295105

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295103.001.0001

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Choosing an Electoral System 1

Choosing an Electoral System 1

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Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa

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This is the third of four chapters that discusses the theoretical underpinnings of the research on democratization in southern Africa that is described in the book, and deals with the theoretical debate underlying the choice of electoral system in divided societies. The five sections of the chapter are: The Importance of Electoral Systems; The Range of Electoral Systems; What Criteria Should Electoral Systems Aim to Fulfil?; The Debate over Electoral Systems and Conflict Management in Africa (single-member district plurality, proportional representation, the alternative vote in multi-member districts (the Horowitz proposal for South Africa); and Conclusion. The overall discussion includes reference not only to four of the country case studies presented in the rest of the book (Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) but also to numerous other countries worldwide.

Keywords:   Africa, alternative vote in multi-member districts, choice of electoral system, conflict management, criteria, democratization, electoral systems, Namibia, proportional representation, single-member district plurality system, South Africa, southern Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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