n South African Journal on Human Rights - Advocating for Accountability : Civic-State Interactions to Protect Refugees in South Africa, Jeff Handmaker : book review

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



Following the establishment of a democratic, constitutional order in South Africa, government and civic organisations found themselves in uncharted territory as they sought to redefine the boundaries of state-society relations. Civic actors who had previously been pushed underground in their efforts to challenge the repressive apartheid state now operated openly, with some even becoming part of the state mechanism itself. While civic organisations continued to oppose certain state actions, they also began working cooperatively with the state in its efforts to establish new policies.

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