EISA Books



  • Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa 1989-2009: 20 Years of Multiparty Democracy
    Eds D Kadima and S Booysen, 2009 – R120 – order online
    Provides a comprehensive account of the first two decades of inclusive and competitive elections in the region. Covers the period 1989 to 2009 and focuses on 14 countries showing that elections took root and increasingly occurred at regular intervals. In most cases electoral management increased in quality. Yet behind the veil of frequency, there is the reality of an uneven quality of elections. The study identifies trends and highlights the progression and regression of elections.
  • Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa
    Tom Lodge, Denis Kadima and David Pottie, 2002 – R190 – order online
    This compendium is a unique collection of baseline information on each of the SADC countries. It draws on analysis of each country in the Southern African region with each contribution organised according to an easy reference format. Topics include the voter registration process, electoral systems, electoral administration, civic education, and more. Comparative information such as geographic and socio-economic data is also included.
  • elephantsVoter Registration in Africa: A Comparative Analysis
    Ed Astrid Evrensel, EISA 2010 – R120 – order online
    The first part of the book provides an overview of different voter registration methodologies. It identifies guiding principles for voter registration and the latest technologies in the industry. The second part is devoted to country study reports – The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.
  • Consolidating Democracy – South Africa’s Second Popular Election
    Tom Lodge, 1999 – R152 order online
    Contents: Introduction; Consolidating democracy; the Electoral System; South African voters; Party preliminaries; Campaign trails; Provincial proceedings; Inputs and outcomes; God’s kingdom on earth; Conclusion: democracy consolidated? Postscript: Taking office; Thabo Mbeki’s first government.
  • South Africa’s Founding Democratic Election 1994: A Select and Annotated Bibliography
    Beth Strachan, 2005 – R45- order online
    Bibliograpy comprising 1101 annotated entries, compiled in 1999. It refects current preoccupations, the electoral process itself, preparations for the election, challenges and difficulties faced by the Independent Electoral Commission, the importance of the chosen electoral system, its implementation and consequences; the election results, their analysis, interpretation and correlation with political and opinion poll forecasts.
  • South Africa’s Second Democratic Election 1999: An Annotated Bibliography
    Beth Strachan, 2001 – R45- order online
    Books, pamphlets, periodical articles, reports and conferences are included. Newspapers articles are not. It is based on the stock of the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa’s own library, reflecting its focus and direction. Additional source material has been gleaned from the records of the Africa Institute, the Human Sciences Research Council, the South African Institute of International Affairs and the University of the Witwatersrand as well as from relevant data bases.

Parties and conflict

  • The Politics of Party Coalitions in Africa (Download chapters), ed Denis Kadima, 2006
    Authors document, analyse and explain various aspects of the coalition process as it has played itself out in Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and South Africa.
  • elephantsWhen Elephants Fight: Preventing and Resolving Election-Related Conflicts in Africa
    Eds Khabele Matlosa, Gilbert M Khadiagala and Victor Shale – R120 – Order online
    Chronicles contemporary trends and examines electoral conflicts and the way in which various national, regional, and international players have tried to resolve them. Includes detailed case studies on Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
  • Challenges of Conflict, Democracy and Development in Africa
    Eds Khabele Matlosa, Jørgen Elklit and Bertha Chiroro, 2007 – R150 – Order online
    The overall aim of this volume is to contribute to the on-going academic and policy discourse on the interface between governance, democratisation, security and development in Africa’. The volume itself ia a culmination of a dialogue process involving various stakeholders during the inaugural 2006 EISA annual symposium held in Johannesburg, and provides an overview and analysis of wide-ranging and comparative case studies.
  • The Politics of Party Coalitions in Africa
    Ed Denis Kadima, 2006 – Order online
    Authors document, analyse and explain various aspects of the coalition process as it has played itself out in Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and South Africa.
  • Party Presence and Voter Trust: Findings from the EISA Pre-Election Day and Exit Poll Survey
    Tom Lodge and S Ntuli, 1999 – R25- Order online
    The insights from the survey conducted on the pre-polling day, 1st June 1999, are presented in a commentary on the character of party activity during the election campaign. Unusual for a new democracy, the parties embody a relatively well institutionalised political culture. The second essay considers voters’ perceptions after casting their ballots, about integrity of the electoral process. Local levels of trust and confidence in the authorities are evaluated in the light of international experience.

Local government

  • Resourcing the Local State: Local Government and Revenue Raising in the SADC Region. A compendium of research reports
    EISA 2010 – R120
    The reserach reports where the product of a project was to review the local government finance sector in the SADC region.- < Order online
  • Local Government in South Africa Elections 2000
    David Pottie and Heather Ford, 2001 – R10 – Order online
  • From a Tier to a Sphere: Local Government in the New South African Constitutional Order
    Eds Doreen Atkinson and M Reitzes, 1999 – R50 – Order online
    This collection of essays is the result of a year of collaborative effort by twelve local government specialists. The book examines the challenges posed by the new Constitution and by new policy directions in local government in South Africa.

Gender inbalance

  • This Seat is Taken: Elections and the Under-representation of Women in Seven Southern African Countries
    Ed by Gender Links, 2010 – R120 – Order online
    The contriutions to this book consider the importance of gender equality to elections. Each contribution assesses the commitment to gender equality on the part of polcy makers, law makers, political party leaders, electoral authorities and civil society in the country concerned.
  • One Woman, One Vote: The Gender Politics of South African Elections
    Eds Mary Simmons, Glenda Fick and Sheila Meintjies, 2002 – R50 – Order online
    EISA identified gender as a crucial variable in the politics of elections. Using the lessons of the past the contributors offer opinios for the future suggesting ways in which the impetus of the miracle of 1994 can be maintained.


  • Peering the Peers: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism
    Eds G Masterson, K Busia and A Jinadu, 2010 – R120 – Order online
    This volume of essays from leading civil society and governance experts from across the African continent looks at the critical role of civil society in the APRM, and draws lessons on how to both improve the engagement of civil society in the APRM, as well indicate how the APRM might better be integrated into the activities of organisations and communities striving to improve the quality of governance and development in African states.


  • The State, Democracy And Poverty Eradication in Africa
    K Matlosa, K Prah, B Chiroro and L Toulou, 2008 – R150 – Order online
    This volume represents a modest contribution to the policy and academic discourse on the role of the state in democracy and development in Africa, paying particular attention to the state’s role in the process of eradicating poverty. The book itself is a culmination of a dialogue process involving various stakeholder it also interrogates the issue that the African state was expected to play a more robust and interventionist role in the development process and inculcating a culture of democrary.


    checks and balances

  • Checks and balances: African constitutions and democracy in the 21st century
    Eds G Masterson and M Meirotti, EISA 2017. Constitutions are the bedrock of multiparty democracies. Tension between the principles of democracy – rule by the people – and constitutionalism, as a predominantly elite driven process, have increased across the African continent as constitutional reforms have become regular occurrences in many states since the early 1990s. In this edited volume, some of Africa’s leading academics seek to answer questions such as: “If constitutional changes continue to be elite driven processes –
    excluding citizens – can constitutions ever truly be ‘living documents’ providing the foundations to build and consolidate democratic norms and institutions in Africa?
  • Walking a tight rope: EISA and the Challenges of Democracy 1996-2007
    Julia Katherine Seirlis, 2008 – R100 – Order online
    The book posed two daunting tests. The first arose from the wide scope of EISA’s work and and the second from its regional expansion.