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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Politikon

For a Special Issue on
South Africa’s 2021 Local Government Elections: Priorities, Formations and Prospects

Abstract deadline
31 March 2022

Manuscript deadline
31 October 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Bhaso Ndzendze, University of Johannesburg
[email protected]

Siphamandla Zondi, University of Johannesburg
[email protected]

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South Africa’s 2021 Local Government Elections: Priorities, Formations and Prospects

Introduction

South Africa's electoral democracy especially at the local government level has reached numerous milestones over the preceding three decades. Among these are power alternation in metropolitan municipalities, the dissolution and rise of major parties, different forms of youth participation, and experiments with coalitions. Yet many more milestones await: the country is undergoing stress tests whose effects are to be determined in the future. Each election is now a sort of a referendum on the whole electoral democracy in general. For these reasons, the 2021 local government election promised to present crucial new milestones. Taking place under an unprecedented global pandemic, new campaign finance legislation and splinters within the major parties, decline of the main opposition party, the emergence of new political movements, a dithering governing party, a deepening socio-economic crisis at local level, the election presented new dynamics for voters, parties and communities alike. How were the priorities developed, communicated and voted upon? What formulations have followed the election, and what prospects do they present for the future of South Africa’s local government?

Rationale

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a highly political period. South Africa’s own experience of the pandemic is no exception to this. The onset of elections amid this climate presents a potentially once-in-a-generation opportunity to understand the South African political process. Potential insights in this regard include patterns in political campaigning, within-party dynamics, political economy dimensions, leadership, and the role of technologies and ‘new media’ in South African democracy. Additionally, a comparative analysis of the South African experience with those of others holds promise for sharpening trends and bringing about analytical clarity.

Call for papers

Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies welcomes submission of abstracts for a special issue on the 2021 South African Local Government Elections with inputs on the following and related areas:

  • Administration of the elections (the IEC, the Electoral Court, etc)
  • Campaign issues, methods, platforms and finance
  • Coalitions
  • Comparative insights across different polities
  • Corruption and mismanagement at the municipal level
  • COVID-19 effects and implications
  • Effects of technologies and new media
  • Gender
  • News and media
  • Political party manifestos, within-party splinters, and policies
  • Rural and urban patterns
  • Service delivery
  • Voter behaviour
  • Youth vote

Potential contributors are welcome to make submissions on areas not covered in the above non-exhaustive list provided their topic is within the umbrella of the 2021 Local Government Elections. The special issue will be published in December 2022 and is intended to offer a retrospective look at the elections.

Submission Instructions

Please submit the following materials to [email protected] by no later than 31 March 2022.

  • The title of the proposed article;
  • Names and institutional affiliation of author(s) and a corresponding author email;
  • A 350 word abstract and at least 5 key words;
  • A tentative outline of the article;
  • CVs of all authors.

Key dates

  • Accepted papers will be notified by 11 April 2022.
  • Accepted manuscripts will be expected in full by 11 August 2022.
  • The volume will be published in December 2022.

All accepted potential contributors are expected to participate in an online authors’ workshop in June 2022 with their fellow potential contributors in order to share their insights and progress on their manuscripts.

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