Elections and the Battles for the Soul of Civil Society
Researcher in the Political Economy faculty, Khwezi Mabasa argues in this article published in the Mail & Guardian that the current quantification of political support does not provide a comprehensive account of political power bases. He argues that statistics on political support do not explain voting behaviour beyond demographics and other forms of quantitative indicator analysis. "It is essential to look beyond numbers and ask the following question: What produces and sustains power in South Africa’s political system? The answer is simple: a party’s ability to increase its legitimacy among salient institutions in broader civil society, such as religious groups, trade unions, business associations, academics and traditional leaders," writes Mabasa.