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When Political Transitions Work: Reconciliation as Interdependence

Fanie du Toit


Reconciliation emphasizes relationships as a crucial ingredient of political transition; this book argues for the importance of such a relational focus in crafting sustainable political transitions. Section I focuses on South Africa’s transition to democracy—how Mandela and De Klerk persuaded skeptical constituencies to commit to political reconciliation, how this proposal gained momentum, and how well the transition resulted in the goal of an inclusive and fair society. In developing a coherent theory of reconciliation to address questions such as these, I explain political reconciliation fro ... More

Keywords: reconciliation, political transition, Mandela, forgiveness, transitional justice, TRC, transformation, political theory, interdependence

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190881856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190881856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fanie du Toit, author
Senior Advisor, Institute of Justice and Reconcilation (Cape Town)

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