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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:14

Electoral Systems and Accountability: Comparative Case Studies and Lessons for South Africa

FPD researchers conducted a year-long comparative analysis of electoral systems of countries from different continental contexts. Case study countries included Germany, Ghana, India, Kenya, UK, USA, and Zimbabwe.

The following questions were raised:

  • How can an electoral system strengthen the accountability of political parties and elected representatives?
  • What aspects of the electoral machinery are most influential in strengthening or weakening accountability?
  • What electoral system is currently in use?
  • What considerations informed the adoption of the electoral system?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the electoral system?
  • What lessons can South Africa learn from other democracies on the continent and beyond about the relationship between electoral systems and accountability?

A roundtable was held in Cape Town in July 2013 in partnership with Roger Southall, the Visiting Van Zyl Slabbert Professor of Politics and Sociology at the University of Cape Town. This project was funded in part by the Open Society Foundation of South Africa.

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