The republic of South Africa held its first fully democratic elections in April 1994. They were a highly visible signal that the RSA is moving from the era of apartheid towards a democratic constitutional state. The process is an archetypal case of 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–address various aspects of constitutional design and their interactions with social forces. They examine the interim constitution, the roles of the president and the executive, the electoral party and parliamentary systems, and the constitutional court. They also explore the public service, questions of labor and corporatism, the RSA's changing external relations, and the position of the armed forces. Dicussing the process, the difficulties, and the achievements in the transformation of the RSA's political and legal institutions, South Africa will be of interest to students of political science and constitutions everywhere.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: The Salient Features of the Interim Constitution
- Chapter 3: The New South African Constitution
- Chapter 4: The President and the Executive
- Chapter 5: The Constitutional Court
- Chapter 6: The Electoral System
- Chapter 7: South Africa's Party System
- Chapter 8: South Africa's Changing External Relations
- Chapter 9: The New South Africa and the Armed Forces
- Chapter 10: Administrative Justice in the Public Service: A Public Administration Interpretation of Section 24 of the Constitution
- Chapter 11: Relations between State, Capital and Labour in South Africa: Towards Corporatism?
- Chapter 12: The Politics of Affirmative Action in the Old and the New South Africa
- Chapter 13: The Reconstruction and Development Programme
- Chapter 14: South Africa's Constitutional Development
- Chapter 15: The New Parliament: Transforming the Westminster Heritage