"This study is an evaluation of South Africa’s third democratic elections, the national and provincial elections of April 2004. More specifically, key technical aspects of the election including electoral administration, conflict resolution, political party dynamics and foreign assistance are examined in four peer reviewed chapters. In addition to unpacking the election in terms of various legal and policy frameworks, the authors explore the broader implications of their findings for democracy in South Africa. In this way the study offers insights both into specific aspects of the elections and electoral system, and the broader question of democratic consolidation."