Parliament and the Electoral System: How Are South Africans Being Represented?

  • Lia Nijzink
  • Jessica Piombo


This chapter aims to chart the development of two institutions central to the functioning of representative democracy in South Africa: the electoral system and the National Assembly (NA).1 We review how developments since 1994 have shaped the institutional context in which political parties operate and compete for power. The chapter first considers how the NA has developed over the past ten years, reviewing the performance of Parliament and its role in the consolidation of democracy. The second part of the chapter focuses on the electoral system, reviewing the debate around electoral reform and discussing changes that have been introduced since 1999. In the conclusion, we suggest what the implications of these institutional developments are for the future of representative democracy in South Africa.


Electoral System Democratic Party Window Period Local Election Opposition Parti 
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  • Jessica Piombo

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