Political alliances and parliamentary opposition in post-apartheid South Africa

SOURCE: Opposition and democracy in South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2001
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.M.Habib, R.Taylor
SOURCE EDITOR(S): R.J.Southall
KEYWORDS: DEMOCRACY, POLITICAL PARTIES, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTMENT: Deputy CEO: Research (DCEO:R), Deputy CEO: Research (ERKC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2173

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Abstract

South Africa's second democratic election in 1999 sparked a public debate on the necessity for a viable parliamentary opposition. This chapter deals with three research questions: First, is a parliamentary opposition necessary for the consolidation of democracy? Second, are existing opposition parties functioning in a way that increases their viability and facilitates the establishment of a democratic political order? Finally, if this is not the case, what are the obstacles to the emergence of a viable opposition in South Africa?