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South Africa

South Africa
Designing New Political Institutions

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August 1996 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Republic of South Africa (RSA) held its first fully democratic elections in April 1994. They were a highly visible signal that the RSA is really moving from the era of apartheid towards a democratic constitutional state. The process is an archetypal case of a negotiated transition of a regime, and as such it is of great interest to students of constitutional mechanisms.

The contributors to this book, leading South African political scientists, discuss the process, the difficulties and the achievements in the transformation of the RSA's political and legal institutions. They address various aspects of constitutional design and their interactions with social forces. They examine the new constitution, the roles of president and executive, the electoral, party and parliamentary systems, and the Constitutional Court. They look at the public service, at questions of labour and corporatism, at the RSA's changing external relations and at the position of the armed forces. The new government's Reconstruction and Development Programme, of which so much is expected, is seen to be particularly vulnerable to the pull of opposing forces.

Jan-Erik Lane and Murray Faure
Joh J van Tonder
The Salient Features of the Interim Constitution
Dirk Kotz[ac]e
The New South African Constitution
Robert Schrire
The President and the Executive
Kierin O'Malley
The Constitutional Court
Murray Faure
The Electoral System
Susan Botha
South Africa's Party System
Marie Muller
South Africa's Changing External Relations
Deon Fourie
The New South Africa and the Armed Forces
Dirk J Brynard
Administrative Justice in the Public Service
A Public Administration Interpretation of Section 24 of the Constitution

Louwrens Pretorius
Relations between State, Capital and Labor in South Africa
Towards Corporatism?

Pierre Hugo
The Politics of Affirmative Action in the Old and the New South Africa
Robert Cameron
The Reconstruction and Development Programme
Andr[ac]e Louw
South Africa's Constitutional Development
Hennie Kotz[ac]e
The New Parliament
Transforming the Westminster Heritage


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ISBN: 9780761953036

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