Election 2014: The Campaigns, Results and Future Prospects
Edited by Collette Schulz-Herzenberg and Roger Southall
Providing the latest in what is already a formidable record of the electoral history of South African democracy
As voters articulate their judgments of the parties and leaders in their fifth democratic election, Elections 2014 South Africa: The campaigns, results and future prospects provides a platform for in-depth discussion and analysis of party campaigns, voting patterns and election results of the 2014 general elections.
“South Africa witnessed a steady decline in electoral participation during its first twenty years of democracy. While the election results appear relatively stable across the five elections, particularly for the governing ANC, overall voter participation decreased.” – “Trends in electoral participation, 1994–2014″ by Collette Schulz-Herzenberg
Following the tradition of previous volumes that cover South Africa’s national and provincial elections since 1994, including Zunami! The 2009 South African elections, edited by Roger Southall and John Daniel, Election 2014 South Africa draws on the expertise of renowned authors to cover important aspects of the election, including the major political party campaigns, the media’s coverage of the campaigns, the latest trends in political participation and party fortunes, gender dynamics, the black middle class, as well as insights into the voter and public opinion on the eve of the election.
- Cherrel Africa – Head of the Political Studies Department, University of the Western Cape
- Anthony Butler – Professor of Political Studies, University of Cape Town
- Jane Duncan – Professor of Journalism, University of Johannesburg
- Amanda Gouws – Professor of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch
- Zwelethu Jolobe – Lecturer in Political Studies, University of Cape Town
- Robert Mattes – Professor of Political Studies, University of Cape Town
- Amuzweni Ngoma – MA in Sociology student at the University of the Witwatersrand
- Laurence Piper – Professor of Political Studies, University of the Western Cape
- Jason Robinson – Doctoral Candidate in History at the University of Oxford
Readers are presented with more than a mere study of a single election; it also provides a contemporary understanding of electoral politics and democracy in South Africa over two democratic decades and reflects on how elections strengthen the quality and prospects for democracy.
About the editors
Collette Schulz-Herzenberg is a Research Associate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch and recently completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) at the University of Cape Town. She has worked for the Institute for Security Studies, the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), and as an elections analyst for the South African Broadcasting Corporation during elections.
Roger Southall is a Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, having formerly held senior positions at the Human Sciences Research Council and Rhodes University. He has published extensively on African and South African politics and political economy. He established and co-edited the State of the Nation series of collected essays on contemporary South Africa, and likewise the current New South African Review series edited out of the Department of Sociology at Wits.
Election 2014: The Campaigns, Results and Future Prospects edited by Collette Schulz-Herzenberg, Roger Southall
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