This working paper forms part of MISTRA’s priority research project on Marriages of Inconvenience: The politics of coalitions in South Africa.

The working paper explores amongst others the formal legal rules – contained in the Constitution and, in ordinary legislation – that establish the governance architecture within which coalition governments are formed and maintained. It then considers other constitutional and legal provisions and court judgments that may influence the functioning of various aspects of legislative government, and describes the impact these have on the formation and stable functioning of coalition governments.