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Title:The 'ballot and the brick': protest, voting and non-voting in post-apartheid South Africa
Author:Runciman, Carin
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of contemporary African studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Volume:34
Issue:4
Pages:419-436
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:voting
protest
elections
2014
African National Congress (South Africa)
political participation
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2017.1287347
Abstract:Over the last decade, protest has become an enduring feature of the post-apartheid political landscape. Despite this wave of protest, the African National Congress (ANC) has largely retained its dominant status. The endurance of the ANC's electoral support in spite of the high levels of protest has led Susan Booysen to conclude that protests in South Africa form part of a 'dual repertoire' of political contestation. She argues that protests are used to signal grievances to the ANC between elections but that, ultimately, people remain loyal to the party of liberation. This article interrogates Booysen's claim through advancing an analysis of voting district and ward-level data in protest hotspots. The article highlights weaknesses in the methodological base of Booysen's thesis. By analysing the support for the ANC amongst the estimated eligible voting-age population, this article suggests a different relationship between voting and protesting in post-apartheid South Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum [Journal abstract]
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