Justice and Legitimacy in the South African Transition

Richard A. Wilson

in The Politics of Memory and Democratization

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240906
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598869 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Justice and Legitimacy in the South African Transition

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An examination is made of various aspects of justice and legitimacy in the transition from authoritarianism to democracy in South Africa. The major part of the chapter discusses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The different sections of the chapter are: Introduction; Race, Nationalism, and Political Violence – a discussion of the causes of the massive levels of political violence in the recent history of South Africa; The Negotiations for a Transition; Negotiating an Amnesty; and the TRC as a Liminal Institution; and Concluding Remarks.

Keywords: amnesty; democratization; justice; legitimacy; nationalism; negotiations; political violence; race; South Africa; transition from authoritarian rule; transitional democracy; Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Chapter.  11178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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