South Africa's Options: Strategies for Sharing Power

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South Africa's Options: Strategies for Sharing Power

By Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert and David Welsh
St. Martin's, 1979
196 pp. $17.95

The Olympian breadth of this analysis-by two South African social scientists, one of whom, Slabbert, is also leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament-is impressive but ultimately somewhat frustrating. The authors present arguments for and against a federal system and also about parliamentary versus presidential forms of government, using an abundance of precedents from other nations' experience but remaining quite abstract on the application of these forms to South Africa itself.

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