By Karen E. Ferree
Post-apartheid South African elections have borne an unmistakable racial imprint: Africans vote for one set of events, whites help a special set of events, and with few exceptions, there's no crossover balloting among teams. those vote casting trends have solidified the dominance of the ruling African nationwide Congress (ANC) over South African politics and became South African elections into "racial censuses." This booklet explores the political assets of those results. It argues that even if the beginnings of those styles lie in South Africa's earlier, within the results apartheid had on citizens' ideals approximately race and future and the reputations events cast in this interval, the patience of the census displays the ruling party's skill to take advantage of the powers of workplace to avoid the competition from evolving clear of its apartheid-era celebration label. through retaining key competition events "white," the ANC has rendered them powerless, solidifying its carry on strength despite an more and more restive and disappointed citizens.
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Image politics and framing strategies are therefore not unique to the white opposition parties of South Africa but rather form part of the general repertoire of techniques used by ruling parties in other places. Finally, Chapter 9 uses insights from the South African, Israeli, and Salvadoran cases to speculate about the future of opposition politics in South Africa. 2 Voters Census elections like those in South Africa reflect the decisions of millions of individual voters. To understand the origins of the census, we must therefore begin with an exploration of individual-level voting behavior.
Such confl icts create opportunities for existing opposition parties. This brings us to a possible qualm about the focus of this book. One might reasonably ask if the white opposition parties are important enough to warrant so much attention. Surely change will come about from African entrepreneurs creating new parties – like Cope – that have clean slates and more appeal to African voters? While this scenario is certainly within the realm of possibility, the success of new parties is hardly a given.
Introduction 23 In sum, because of their size, South Africa’s opposition parties have struggled to obtain a sufficient supply of high-quality politicians. As such, they share commonalities with opposition parties elsewhere in the world – including places without ethnic or racial divisions. Scheiner (2006) argues that the opposition in Japan faces difficulty in attracting high-quality candidates. The Japanese central state controls fiscal resources, allowing it to punish local governments controlled by opposition parties.
Framing the Race in South Africa: The Political Origins of Racial-Census Elections by Karen E. Ferree