South Africa's Brittle Peace: The Problem of Post-Settlement Violence

South Africa's Brittle Peace: The Problem of Post-Settlement Violence

by P. Toit
     
 
South Africa has succeeded in establishing a democracy, but has yet to eliminate public violence from society. This book takes up the issue of post-settlement violence and ways of consolidating the newly found democratic peace. The role of negotiated institutions such as the new police force, economic factors relevant to the anticipated 'peace dividend', external

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South Africa has succeeded in establishing a democracy, but has yet to eliminate public violence from society. This book takes up the issue of post-settlement violence and ways of consolidating the newly found democratic peace. The role of negotiated institutions such as the new police force, economic factors relevant to the anticipated 'peace dividend', external factors such as arms smuggling networks, popular responses to rising threats to physical safety, and symbolic factors in enhancing the capacity of the state to deal with this issue are examined.

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'...a useful survey...as a work of structuralist political science it has much to offer.' - Joan Wardrop, H-Safrica

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The democratization of South Africa brought an end to violent political conflict but has failed to achieve public peace. Du Toit (political science, U. of Stellenbosch) discusses the interlinked processes of violence and peacemaking in this setting. He analyzes various aspects of these two processes, including the degree to which the conflict was conducted according to recognized rules of war; the successes and weaknesses of the peace negotiations; the role of state institutions, which were products of the negotiated settlement, in containing public violence; and the impact of economic and external factors, popular responses and symbolic factors on the transition toward peace. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333779187
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Ethnic and Intercommunity Conflict Series , #14970
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Du Toit is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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