Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa

Hardcover | December 1, 1998

byAndrew Reynolds

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The design of electoral systems and executive types is increasingly being recognized the key lever of constitutional engineering to be applied in the interests of political accommodation and stability in ethnically divided societies. In this groundbreaking comparative study of democraticdesign 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 party system that develops, the nature of executive-legislative relations, and the inclusiveness of both majority and minorityinterests in the process of governance. While electoral system design is the primary focus of the book, the related constitutional issues of whether to choose a presidential or parliamentary system, and whether to entrench consensual, consociational or majoritarian government are also discussed.Analysing the experiences of Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, the author presents a host of revealing conclusions that help shed light on the success or failure of democratic design in other fledgling democracies, in both Africa and beyond.

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The design of electoral systems and executive types is increasingly being recognized the key lever of constitutional engineering to be applied in the interests of political accommodation and stability in ethnically divided societies. In this groundbreaking comparative study of democraticdesign in Southern Africa, Andrew Reynolds finds...

Andrew Reynolds is at University of Notre Dame.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198295103

ISBN - 13:9780198295105

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Defining and Measuring the Trajectory of Democratization2. Defining the Intervening and Explanatory Variables3. Choosing an Electoral System4. Majoritarian or Power-Sharing Government5. Plurality Case Study Election Results: Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe6. PR Case Study Election Results: South Africa and Namibia78 Cross-Country Comparisons: Legislative and Executive Inclusion9. Conclusion: The Case for Democratic Optimism

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"Andrew Reynolds makes a welcome and useful contribution to the literature of comparative politics from several perspectives" John W Harbeson, American Political Science Review, March 2000