n Journal of African Elections - What future for electoral studies? A critique

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-4700



Using approaches drawn from critical theory this paper explores the idea of electoral studies from historical and contemporary perspectives. It argues that the techniques used in electoral studies - in Southern African and elsewhere - have been corroded by neo-liberal economics and therefore by the rote and routine of management studies. Electoral studies might secure individual security and so promote governance by becoming more relevant to the lives and everyday struggles of the region's citizens.

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