The Apartheid State in Crisis: Political Transformation of South Africa, 1975-1990

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byRobert M. Price

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Despite the considerable attention paid to South Africa in recent years, this text is unique in providing a comprehensive analysis of South Africa's politics through the 1980's. Robert Price argues that the apparent stability of South Africa's apartheid regime has masked a profound politicaltransformation underway since 1975. The work examines how government policy, economic development, domestic opposition, and international actors have gradually but inexorably eroded the foundation of white political power. Price elucidates the dynamic relationship between these factors and theircombined role in altering the political substructure underlying South Africa's official political system. He provides a novel framework for assessing the likely mode of political transition in the 1990's and draws lessons from the South African case for our understanding of political transformationworldwide.

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The material set forth here was developed in the process of teaching a course on South African politics at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Despite the considerable attention paid to South Africa in recent years, this text is unique in providing a comprehensive analysis of South Africa's politics through the 1980's. Robert Price argues that the apparent stability of South Africa's apartheid regime has masked a profound politicaltransformation underway since 1975. The wor...

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The material set forth here was developed in the process of teaching a course on South African politics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Robert M. Price is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195067509

ISBN - 13:9780195067507

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Political Change and the South African State1. Backdrop: The Securing of White Supremacy2. Cracks in the Monolith3. Confronting Contradictions4. Change and Continuity: Pretoria's Reform Program5. From Reform to Insurrection6. Chaos and Transformation: The Insurrectionary Process7. International Reaction and Domestic Realignment8. Pretoria's Response: From Autarky and Counter-Revolution to Negotiations9. An End to White Supremacy?Index

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The material set forth here was developed in the process of teaching a course on South African politics at the University of California at Berkeley.

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"Price's book is a stunning accomplishment. It towers over recent analyses of the South African situation and puts to shame recent historical sociological treatments of revolution that amount to histories written to illustrate a theoretical assertion like the autonomy of the state or thenature of class relations between lord and peasant....Price's keen insights come not from some overarching theoretical perspective that by insisting that it explains everything, explains nothing, but from familiarity with historical detail and sociological method."--American Political ScienceReview