Politics of Transition

The Hidden History of South Africa's Negotiated Se

By Richard Spitz

This is an incisive look at the politics behind the negotiations and outcome of South Africa's transition to democracy. It is based on previously unexamined archival material and will be of great interest to anyone interested in South African politics, constitutional law, democracy and human rights. During the early 1990s, South Africans kept a close eye on the media coverage of South Africa's negotiated transition to democracy. Likened to a soap opera by some, the negotiations featured violent interlopers, dramatic walkouts, alliances and, somehow, a fortunate conclusion in the form of the Interim Constitution and Bill of Rights. The importance of the negotiating process and the Interim Constitution itself should not be underestimated, however, in relation to their longer-term influence over the form of democracy currently enjoyed in South Africa. In this brave publication, Spitz and Chaskalson examine the politics behind the Kempton Park negotiations and the Interim Constitution, and the influence that these have had on the subsequent consolidation of a South African democracy.


304 pages

Publication Date: 7/24/2000
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781841131788