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FW De Klerk - Explaining the Policy Change Preceding the South African Transition to Democracy

Groes Kofoed, Jacob and Ingvarsson, Martin (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
On the 2nd of February 1990, the South African Nationalist Party leader, President FW De Klerk, announced the end of the apartheid system and the start of the South African transition to democracy. By doing so, he radically changed from a hard line policy of separate development to a soft line policy of negotiation. In this thesis, we use theories of decision-making, such as Political Learning and Rational Actors Model, to analyze the reasons behind the policy change. These theories themselves, do not explain the policy change. We find, based upon the results of a literature study, that the policy change of FW De Klerk was an outcome of political learning and rational action in combination with the downfall of communism and the sudden... (More)
On the 2nd of February 1990, the South African Nationalist Party leader, President FW De Klerk, announced the end of the apartheid system and the start of the South African transition to democracy. By doing so, he radically changed from a hard line policy of separate development to a soft line policy of negotiation. In this thesis, we use theories of decision-making, such as Political Learning and Rational Actors Model, to analyze the reasons behind the policy change. These theories themselves, do not explain the policy change. We find, based upon the results of a literature study, that the policy change of FW De Klerk was an outcome of political learning and rational action in combination with the downfall of communism and the sudden death of then president PW Botha. (Less)
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author
Groes Kofoed, Jacob and Ingvarsson, Martin
supervisor
organization
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type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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FW De Klerk, Fall of Apartheid, Policy Change, Political Learning, Rational Action, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
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1327957
date added to LUP
2006-01-08 00:00:00
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2006-02-10 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {On the 2nd of February 1990, the South African Nationalist Party leader, President FW De Klerk, announced the end of the apartheid system and the start of the South African transition to democracy. By doing so, he radically changed from a hard line policy of separate development to a soft line policy of negotiation. In this thesis, we use theories of decision-making, such as Political Learning and Rational Actors Model, to analyze the reasons behind the policy change. These theories themselves, do not explain the policy change. We find, based upon the results of a literature study, that the policy change of FW De Klerk was an outcome of political learning and rational action in combination with the downfall of communism and the sudden death of then president PW Botha.},
  author       = {Groes Kofoed, Jacob and Ingvarsson, Martin},
  keyword      = {FW De Klerk,Fall of Apartheid,Policy Change,Political Learning,Rational Action,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {FW De Klerk - Explaining the Policy Change Preceding the South African Transition to Democracy},
  year         = {2005},
}