Nation and State Building in South Africa and Russia in the Late 20th – early 21st Century
This collective monograph is a study of one of the most important problems in today’s world: state and nation building in multi-ethnic and multi-national societies. It presents a comparative analysis of the experience of state and nation building in Russia and South Africa, two countries, which recently and practically simultaneously went through a period of abrupt social, political and economic transition. In both this transition resulted in an upsurge of ethno-national and racial tensions. Such an analysis is of great interest to all those who study similar problems both at an academic and practical levels.
The chapter looks into the policy of the African National Congress, South Africa's ruling party, aimed at economic empowerment of South Africa's black population and ethno-racial transformation of the South African society. It analyses the ideological background of this policy, its implementation and its political and economic results.