Elections don't lessen conflict: why the 'senseless' post-poll violence?

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2011
TITLE AUTHOR(S): V.Barolsky
KEYWORDS: DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, POLITICS
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/March-2011/post-poll-violence
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 6827

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Abstract

VANESSA BAROLSKY examines the way in which South Africa's fourth democratic elections, held in April 2009, have been interpreted as if it was the triumphal moment of democratic politics. According to this interpretation, elections are capable of steering the country inevitably towards a state of permanent peace through an ideology-free, mechanical process - a world in which, 'history has ended', a world free from ideology and hence free from the stain of violence.