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South African Politics

An Introduction

Edited by Nicola De Jager

Publication Date - 22 October 2015

ISBN: 9780199050963

416 pages
9.5 x 6.6 inches

Provides students with an overview of how political policies have changed over time in South Africa


What does it mean to be a constitutional state? What impact did apartheid have on democracy in South Africa? What are the key issues and dynamics in understanding South Africa's political position?

South African Politics: An Introduction provides students with an overview of how political policies have changed over time in South Africa, and how these policies impact socio-economic development. Theoretical concepts are presented in accessible language and examples ensure that students have a better understanding of the local political landscape. "Perspective" boxes offer further information and analysis to enrich students' learning.

Contributors include Victoria Graham, Vusi Gumede, Xolela Mangcu, Theo Neethling, Joleen Steyn Kotze, and David Welsh.


  • Features unique insights into South African politics
  • Key concepts offer a quick reference guide to students
  • Perspective boxes enrich the content by providing additional examples and information
  • Definition boxes explain important concepts in detail
  • Profile boxes highlight prominent figures pivotal to the South African political landscape
  • End-of-chapter questions provide students with the opportunity to self-assess their knowledge and understanding, and can also be used to spark class discussion

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Legacies of the past
    1. The theory and practice of democratic development
    2. Apartheid and its legacies
    3. Liberation history
    Part 2 Negotiating South Africa's transition
    4. Apartheid to democracy
    5. Birth of a constitutional state
    6. Transitional justice
    Part 3 Procedural democratisation in South Africa
    7. Political institutions
    8. Civil society
    9. Socio-economic contexts
    Part 4 Substantive democratisation in South Africa
    10. Economic policy in post-Apartheid South Africa
    11. Political culture and democratic consolidation in South Africa
    Part 5 South Africa in the world
    12. South Africa in a complex regional continental and global order
    13. Conclusion