South African Parties Hardly Politicise Immigration in Their Electoral Manifestos

  • Didier Ruedin
  • Politikon, April 2019, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/02589346.2019.1608713

South African parties don't talk much about migration in their electoral manifestos

Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

What is it about?

Because of its apartheid history, we can expect South African parties to spend a substantial part of their electoral manifestos talking about immigration. Here I systematically analyse the contents of all major parties, and find that South African parties do not discuss migration much -- not as parties, not in their electoral manifestos.

Why is it important?

Many different actors talk about immigration and the integration of immigrants. We have limited knowledge of the role of political parties in this politicization of immigration. The systematic analysis allows us to differentiate the role of parties as organizations and the role of individual politicians.


Didier Ruedin
Universite de Neuchatel

On a methodological side, I wanted to know whether the approaches to coding electoral manifestos we have developed in the context of European parties works elsewhere. On a substantive side, I wanted to know whether South African parties as parties drive politicization, or whether individual politicians do so.

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