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With the ballot and the brick

With the ballot and the brick South Africa's March 2006 local government elections in many ways assumedthe character of a de facto referendum on service delivery. Leading into thiselection were two years of grass-roots protests against both the quality of servicedelivery and public representation of the grass-roots' service deliveryneeds. Contrary to public expectations that the protests were signals of asystematic revolt against the ruling African National Congress(ANC), surveys in the run-up to the election indicated thatprotest and voting were rated equally as mechanisms to attain improved levels ofservice delivery. The analysis explores these survey findings and the localgovernment election results. The election results confirmed the initial surveyindications, showing that turnout was maintained and support for the ANC increased.The grass roots were involved in a multifaceted series of direct engagements withtheir party to simultaneously keep it in power but also pressure it for advances inservice delivery. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Progress in Development Studies SAGE

With the ballot and the brick

Progress in Development Studies , Volume 7 (1): 12 – Jan 1, 2007

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1464-9934
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10.1177/146499340600700103
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Abstract

South Africa's March 2006 local government elections in many ways assumedthe character of a de facto referendum on service delivery. Leading into thiselection were two years of grass-roots protests against both the quality of servicedelivery and public representation of the grass-roots' service deliveryneeds. Contrary to public expectations that the protests were signals of asystematic revolt against the ruling African National Congress(ANC), surveys in the run-up to the election indicated thatprotest and voting were rated equally as mechanisms to attain improved levels ofservice delivery. The analysis explores these survey findings and the localgovernment election results. The election results confirmed the initial surveyindications, showing that turnout was maintained and support for the ANC increased.The grass roots were involved in a multifaceted series of direct engagements withtheir party to simultaneously keep it in power but also pressure it for advances inservice delivery.

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Progress in Development StudiesSAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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