This book began with the observation that South Africa’s 1994 election attracted unprecedented attention from the publics of the wealthy democracies. The politics of the Republic have also fascinated Western European and North American academic analysts. I have used their professional academic investigations into South Africa’s politics to explore the nature of political science as a discipline, and (more tangentially) as a window onto the travails of western liberal democracies themselves.
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