chapter  13
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The alternative vote: A realistic alternative for South Africa?

In his recently published book A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional

Engineering in a Divided Society, Donald L. Horowitz (1991, esp. chapter 5) proposes the alternative vote (AV) electoral system for both parliamentary

elections and the direct election of a strong executive president.2 These

proposals pertain to the two most fundamental choices of the many that have

to be made when new democratic constitutions are drafted (see Lijphart, 1991).