What does it mean to be a constitutional state? What impact did apartheid have on democracy in South Africa? What are the key issues and dynamics in understanding South Africa's political position? South African Politics: An Introduction provides students with an overview of how political policies have changed over time in South Africa, as well as the impact these changes have had on our socio-economic development. Theoretical concepts are presented in accessible language and examples ensure that students have a better understanding of the local political landscape. Perspective boxes offer further information and analysis to enrich students' learning. Written by respected academics, this introductory textbook is suitable for students who are studying South African politics as part of a BA or BCom degree at universities or private institutions, as well anyone interested in the subject matter.