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1st Edition

Politics and Government in South Africa

  • Available for pre-order on May 30, 2023. Item will ship after June 20, 2023
ISBN 9781032456355
June 20, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Politics and Government in South Africa introduces readers to all aspects of government and politics in South Africa, from local, to provincial, national, and on to international considerations.

The perfect guide for students and general readers, this textbook explains how South Africa’s key institutions are governed and interact with each other, and how important issues such as economics, gender, race, and class shape relations between citizens and government. Grounded in history and leading theories and debates, the book also brings in alternative perspectives from artists, writers, and popular culture, to demonstrate the diverse ways in which issues of politics and social justice are engaged with within South Africa. Written with the needs of students at the forefront, each chapter includes:

  • Review and discussion questions
  • Key terms and further resources
  • Fun facts in a Did you know? section
  • Supplementary sources and quotations in a The Past as Present section

Interactive and engaging, Politics and Government in South Africa invites readers to consider what they would do in tackling issues such as land distribution, peacekeeping, South Africa’s role in the African Union, and military engagement abroad. It is an essential read for undergraduate students studying Political Science, International Relations, and African Studies, and for anyone looking to develop a deeper understanding of South Africa.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction: South Africa Government, Type and Its Function  Chapter Two: Political Institutions: From Indigenous to Majority Rule  Chapter Three: The Constitution Indigenous-1910  Chapter Four: Parliament  Chapter Five: The Executive Branch  Chapter Six: Local and Provincial Government  Chapter Seven: The Judiciary and Justice System  Chapter Eight: Popular Culture  Chapter Nine: Institutions Supporting Democracy  Chapter Ten: Political Parties & Voting  Chapter Eleven: Social Movements & Social Justice  Chapter Twelve: Domestic Policy and Issues  Chapter Thirteen: South Africa in a Changing World

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Mueni wa Muiu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Winston-Salem State University, USA.