PUBPOL 196S.60 – Behind the Miracle: The Role of Leadership and Ethics in Making the South African Constitution
Course will examine the acts of extraordinary ethical leadership that brought South Africans together during the post-apartheid transfer of power. The South African constitution making process will be considered, in particular the specific conditions, principles and mechanics for its success.
Themes include the politics of inclusion, amnesty, and consensus and pact formation. Included will be case studies of other societies undergoing transition from authoritarian rule or pursuing a constitutional resolution to ethnic or religious division. Course will also examine to what extent South Africa’s success is reproducible and to what extent it was dependent upon its particular conditions.