In This Review

South Africa Without Apartheid
South Africa Without Apartheid
By Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley
University of California Press, 1986, 315 pp

This major study puts forward a highly sophisticated explication of reformist possibilities for South Africa, relying ultimately on a business-labor alliance and leading to a constitutional assembly that would legitimize a transition to social democracy. In this stance the book seems either ahead of or behind its time, as polarization proceeds apace with no sign yet of the stalemate that might impel both sides toward the sort of accommodation the authors see as workable. Although they consider virtually all aspects of the South African situation, their relative silence on the role of the military in any reform scenario opens an important gap in their argument.