The State of Apartheid

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The State of Apartheid

Edited by Wilmot G. James
Lynne Rienner, 1987
210 pp. $25.00

This collection, assembled by a South African sociologist, takes a new look at what are by now fairly old issues. Examining the main state institutions in a period characterized by what the editor terms "a breakdown in governance," the contributors point to the increasing assumption by the trade unions of a political role never intended for them; the overall collusion of the courts in the maintenance of the status quo; and the ambiguously extended role of the military. They also see extremely interesting possibilities for change, including the end of government options for indirect control of blacks and the potential for future collapse of the National Party into military rule or surrender to the democratic opposition.

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