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Briefing paper

BP76: Proportional representation and popular assessments of MP performance in South Africa: A desire for electoral reform?

16 Apr 2015

This policy brief examines public attitudes towards MPs, and indirectly towards the electoral system in South Africa in 2008. The Afrobarometer survey did not ask directly whether people wanted electoral reform, including constituency-based selection of MPs.  But it did ask a range of questions about the accessibility of MPs, satisfaction with their performance, and accountability relationships.  These help us to get an overall sense of the level of satisfaction – or dissatisfaction – with the current system and how it is functioning.