State, Civil Society and Apartheid in South Africa

An Examination of Dutch Reformed Church-State Relations

  • Tracy Kuperus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Tracy Kuperus
    Pages 153-165
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 166-211

About this book


An examination of the role played by civil society in the legitimisation of South Africa's apartheid regime and its racial policy. This book focuses on the interaction of dominant groups within the Dutch Reformed Church and the South African state over the development of race policy within the broader context of state-civil society relations. This allows a theoretical examination and typology of the variety of state-civil society relations. Additionally, the particular case study demonstrates that civil society's existence in and authoritarian situations can deter the establishment of democracy when components of civil society identify themselves with exclusive, ethnic interests.


democracy governance Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Tracy Kuperus
    • 1
  1. 1.Political Studies DepartmentGordon CollegeWenhamUSA

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