Politics By Other Means
Law in the Struggle Against Apartheid, 1980-1994
By Richard Abel
Foreword by Nelson Mandela
Routledge – 1995 – 668 pages
Politics by Other Means explores the fundamental question of how law can constrain political power by offering a pathbreaking account of the triumphant final decade of the struggle against apartheid.
Richard Abel presents case studies of ten major legal campaigns including: challenges to pass laws; black trade union demands for recognition; state terror; censorship; resistance to the "independent" homelands; and treason trials.
"…this is a valuable study, adding significantly to our understanding of the complexity of South African bureaucratic politics during the 1980s The International Journal of African Historical Studies."
"Going beyond a discussion of high-profile political trials, Abel also provides copiously detailed chapters on legal contests involving pass laws, censorship, forced removals, trade union rights, and draft resistance." -- Foreign Affairs
"offers useful material for courses in South African politics or comparative legal systems." -- Choice
"…offers useful material for courses in South African politics or comparative legal systems." -- Choice
Richard Abel teaches law at UCLA and has published numerous books and articles on the legal profession and informal justice.