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Title:The shift to the one-nation State ideology in South Africa
Author:Van Zyl Slabbert, F.ISNI
Periodical:Vierteljahres-Berichte: Probleme der internationalen Zusammenarbeit
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political ideologies
nation building
Abstract:Under the pressure of internal and external developments the South African government dropped what had been its dominant concept of a segregated multi-nation State, announcing instead the new basic concept of an integrated one-nation State. This basic concept does not, however, imply that a one-nation South Africa will be governed according to democratic criteria and the principle of majority rule without regard to race. On the other hand, it would be wrong to dismiss the ideological shift in Pretoria as a purely cosmetic operation. The paper examines the reasons for the shift and the reactions of the Conservative Party, the National Party and the rest of the white electorate. It also looks at the consequences of the shift for the structures created under apartheid, particularly the security industry, the service industry, and the government bureaucracy. Sum. in German, p. 335, English, p. 339, and French, p. 343.