South Africa: The Struggle for a New Order

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South Africa: The Struggle for a New Order

By Marina Ottaway
The Brookings Institution, 1993
250 pp. $34.95

This book is a masterful summation and analysis of the negotiating process underway in South Africa since 1990, sorting through the welter of organizations, issues and layers of conflict in a manner that clarifies without drastically oversimplifying. Until the collapse of the multiparty codesa talks in mid-1992, little progress toward a national settlement had occurred, the author argues, primarily because the two main protagonists-the National Party and the African National Congress-remained convinced that their pre-1990 goals could still be achieved without substantial compromise. A particularly valuable chapter focuses on attempts to negotiate redistributions of power at the local government level.

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