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dc.contributor.authorFrancis, Suzanne.
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-28T08:52:17Z
dc.date.available2011-01-28T08:52:17Z
dc.date.created2008
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/2349
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2008.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis is a study, through extensive empirical fieldwork research, of political elite formation in the Provincial Legislature of KwaZulu-Natal over a ten-year period from 1994-2004. The period of this study covers two successive provincial government elections and two terms of office. The first election was the founding election of South Africa's new democracy. Through the frameworks of classical and democratic elite theory, the social and political composition, patterns of recruitment, values, ideology and institutional capacity of the elected members of the legislature are analysed. The findings of this study demonstrate that the new institutional context has provided for greater party fluidity and instability in the legislature of a political elite that came to power through fragmented and contradictory alliances, has become more homogenous, and for some, their contradictory affiliations tie their interests to the legislature. In addition, an emerging political culture of value systems and ideology is beginning to take shape across political parties in a manner that has the potential to undermine the democratic institutions of government. As a product of this, and an underdeveloped institutional capacity, certain issues dominate the provincial agenda as the elite come to redefine their interests. Alongside this the longevity of a few is guaranteed. As such, political elite formation in KwaZulu-Natal has the potential to undermine the basis of democracy in the province.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectTheses--Political science.en_US
dc.subjectKwaZulu-Natal--Politics and government--1994-2004.
dc.titleThe KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature : political elite formation and change, 1994-2004.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.supervisorJohnston, Alexander.


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