IDASA Local Election Study, 1995

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Show simple item record Mattes, Robert
dc.coverage.spatial South Africa en_US 2012-05-15T13:44:10Z 2012-05-15T13:44:10Z 1995 2000
dc.identifier.citation Mattes, Robert. IDASA Local Election Study, 1995 [Computer file]. S0047. Cape Town: Institute for Democracy in South Africa. Public Opinion Service [producer], 1995. Pretoria: South African Data Archive, National Research Foundation [distributor], 2000. en_US
dc.identifier.other SADA0047
dc.description.abstract The 1995 Community elections were widely seen to be the closing chapter in South Africa’s transition to democracy. These elections would provide citizens with a direct and equal voice in government at the most basic level. They were also seen as the vehicle, which would restore to local government the legitimacy necessary to begin the process of reconstruction and development, as well as the authority to bring about law and order in areas where it had broken down. Until these elections, local government in towns and metropolitan areas had been fragmented, based on racially determined, apartheid “group areas”. There were virtually no formal structures of local government in rural areas. Whites (except those in rural areas) elected fully democratic councils to govern themselves. Since 1983, Coloured and Indian citizens were able to vote for local councils with limited powers under the Tricameral parliamentary structures. Africans living in Black townships inside “white” South Africa were legally able to vote for councillors to the “Black Local Authorities”. Local government in the “Black Local Authorities” and the local Tricameral structures in Coloured and Indian communities were constantly challenged. Rent and service boycotts, election stay-aways and physical intimidation of councillors left these governments barren of leaders, bankrupt and illegitimate. For Africans in the “national states” or “self-governing territories”, local government was even in greater disarray, with some urban areas having nominal local councils, and most rural areas being governed by a mixture of traditional leaders, regional service councils or development corporations. The Idasa survey would provide first systematic evidence about individual attitudes toward the local government system. The examination of the legitimacy of local government focused on four key areas: whether people felt local councils were in touch with public opinion; whether they felt able to influence local government; whether they trusted local councils to govern well; and whether they thought local councils were able to address the key problems effectively. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Cape Town : Institute for Democracy in South Africa en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe acrobat 9 en_US
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dc.subject Voting intentions en_US
dc.subject Attitudes towards democracy en_US
dc.subject Evaluations of government performance en_US
dc.subject Views of local councils en_US
dc.subject Economic evaluations en_US
dc.title IDASA Local Election Study, 1995 en_US
dc.type Dataset en_US
dc.rights.holder Institute for Democracy in South Africa en_US

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