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Does Parliament Matter in New Democracies? The Cas of South Africa 1994-2000


  • Mathisen, H.W.
  • Tjonneland, E.N.


The role of parliaments is a neglected topic in the study of the democratisation in sub-Saharan Africa. This working paper provides a case study of the South African parliament from the first democratic elections in 1994 to the present. The paper examines the external environment and the internal characteristics of parliament and provides a description of the institution. The second part discusses the dominant party, the ANC, and its role in the evolution of parliament.

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  • Mathisen, H.W. & Tjonneland, E.N., 2001. "Does Parliament Matter in New Democracies? The Cas of South Africa 1994-2000," Papers 2001:1, Universitat Zurich - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Institut.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:zuriwi:2001:1

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    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • P40 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - General


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