Gloppen (comparative politics, U. of Bergen) analyzes rival positions in the constitutional debate from the early 1990s through the 1993 interim Constitution to the adoption and certification of the current Constitution in December 1996. She looks at the structure of the contesting models and their potential for addressing problems of violence, social inequality, and ethnic tension and for achieving legitimacy and constitutionalism. She finds that the various solutions are based on incompatible conceptions of South African reality, which are now embedded in the final document. Developed from a 1993 masters thesis for the University of Bergen. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.