Voting Trends Twenty Years Into Democracy

Analysis of South Africa's National and Provincial Elections

Voting Trends Twenty Years Into Democracy: Analysis of South Africa’s National and Provincial Elections is a study by MISTRA, that seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the outcome of South Africa’s 2014 national and provincial elections.

Election results have a double meaning, relating both to institutional configurations as well as norms. On the one
hand, they determine who forms government and the power-balance in general. Based on the results, a new government may be formed; political parties either gain or lose seats in legislatures; some may even disappear altogether; and new entrants may emerge. On the other hand, the numbers themselves provide a deeper insight into the salience of the country’s foundational values, the vibrancy of its institutions and the sense of identity of the citizenry.