1st Edition

Politics and Government in South Africa

By Mueni Wa Muiu Copyright 2023
    330 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter One: Introduction  Chapter Two: Political Institutions: From Indigenous to Majority Rule  Chapter Three: The Constitution Indigenous to 1996  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


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

    "Politics and Government in South Africa, by Mueni wa Muiu, is a timely magnum opus that is bound to broaden ground breaking multidisciplinary Africa-centered epistemological and methodological debates in colleges and universities on African politics and governance globally, particularly in Africa."
    Korwa Gombe Adar, Professor of International Studies, United States International University-Africa