COALITIONS BAROMETER 2021 – 2023 HIGH-LEVEL SUMMARY

Party politics and relentless office-seeking behaviour are crucial factors in reducing the functionality of coalition governments, and so the Barometer research project and this summary focus first on this key dimension.

The MISTRA Coalitions Barometer 2021–2023 research project explores emerging trends in coalition politics in South Africa at a crucial time – when political parties are in a state of flux and new coalition practices and cultures are being consolidated, both in party politics and in governance. With many observers and scholars surmising that the emerging coalition practice in South Africa reflected turmoil, instability and compromised attention to quality developmental governance, it became imperative for MISTRA as a policy think tank to undertake a project aimed at systematically analysing coalition governance and related partypolitical practice.

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