Monochromatic Rule in the Rainbow Nation

21 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2013

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Ryan Suto

Pennsylvania State University; Syracuse University

Date Written: May 15, 2011


In this paper I discuss the constitutional and electoral policies of post-apartheid South Africa. Specifically, I discuss whether the electoral design of its National Assembly has promoted multiparty democracy. Now nearly two decades removed from the ending of apartheid, I also discuss whether South Africa should seek a new electoral system for the National Assembly. I first discuss relevant history and the negotiations to end apartheid; I then discuss the results and implications of the post-apartheid elections. Lastly, I discuss South Africa’s electoral future and offer open-list proportional representation with provincial-specific lists as an ideal electoral reform.

Keywords: South Africa, apartheid, electoral design, transitions, TRC, post-conflict

Suggested Citation

Suto, Ryan, Monochromatic Rule in the Rainbow Nation (May 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Ryan Suto (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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