Afrikaner nationalism, white politics and political change in South Africa

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1974-03
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Van Zyl Slabbert, H.
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Abstract
By political change is meant a change in the constitution of groups and individuals who effectively control political decision-making in South Africa, The size and diversity of such groups and number of individuals can either decrease, - in which case there is an increase in authoritarianism, - or increase, - in which case there is a move towards a decentralization or diffusion of political control. A clear distinction must in this case be made between interest groups, socio-economic and demographic processes, external or internal to South Africa, that exert direct or indirect influenoe on the taking of political decisions and the groups and individuals who effectively control and are responsible for such decisions. This is simply another way of stating that more often than not there is a discrepancy between the pressures for change and the decisions taken to cope with such pressures..... This paper would like to emphasize the strategic significance of Afrikaner Nationalists in relation to the problem of political change in South Africa. As a group they control effective political decision-making within White politics and therefore within South Africa in general...
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African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented March 1974
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South Africa. Politics and government, 1961-1978 , South Africa. Race relations , Nationalism. South Africa , Afrikaners. Politics and government , South Africa. History
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