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Dr. Brian Shoup's article appears in the most recent volume of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics (2013-02-04)

Dr. Brian Shoup's article "Framing the Democratic Narrative: Local and National Voting Patterns in South Africa", which was co-authored by Dr. Carolyn E. Holmes, appears in the most recent volume of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics.

Carolyn E. Holmes and Brian Shoup. 2013. "Framing the Democratic Narrative: Local and National Voting Patterns in South Africa."
Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 51(1): 56-75.
South African politics tends to be dominated by a single party, the African National Congress (ANC) which initially rose to prominence as the chief opponent to South Africa's exclusionary apartheid system.
Since the development of multiparty democracy under universal suffrage in 1994 the ANC has consistently won over 60% of the seats in the national legislature. That said, while the party dominates at the national level it has not always fared as well at the local or
municipal levels. In this paper we argue that this incongruence is related to
the ways that the ANC and other parties manage to frame their roles in South
Africa's political and cultural life. At the national level the ANC has framed itself in a way to make its successes largely inseparable from the national character of the post-apartheid state. At the local and municipal levels, the ability of the ANC to frame this inseparability is hobbled by more policy-oriented frames as well as well as the institutional character of South Africa's constituent-legislator relationships.

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