Political Economy of Post apartheid South Africa

Political Economy of Post apartheid South Africa Author Gumede, Vusi
ISBN-10 9782869787049
Year 2017-05-05
Pages 254
Language en
Publisher CODESRIA

The book, made up of three parts, covers a wide spectrum of political economy issues on post-apartheid South Africa. Although the text is mainly descriptive, to explain various areas of the political economy of post-apartheid South Africa, the first and the last parts provide illuminating insights on the kind of society that is emerging during the twenty-one years of democracy in the country. The book discusses important aspects of the political history of apartheid South Africa and the evolution of post-apartheid society, including an important recap of the history of southern Africa before colonialism. The text is a comprehensive description of numerous political economy phenomena since South Africa gained its political independence and covers some important themes that have not been discussed in detail in other publications on post-apartheid South Africa. The book also updates earlier work of the author on policy and law making, land and agriculture, education and training as well as on poverty and inequality in post-apartheid South Africa thereby providing a wide-ranging overview of the socio-economic development approaches followed by the successive post-apartheid administrations. Interestingly, three chapters focus on various aspects of the post-apartheid South African economy: economic policies, economic empowerment and industrial development. Through the lens of the notion of democratic developmental state and taking apartheid colonialism as a point of departure, the book suggests that, so far, post-apartheid South Africa has mixed socio-economic progress. The author’s extensive experience in the South African government ensures that the book has policy relevance while it is also theoretically sound. The text is useful for anyone who wants to understand the totality of the policies and legislation as well as the political economy interventions pursued since 1994 by the South African Government.

The Political Economy of State Making in Post Apartheid South Africa

The Political Economy of State Making in Post Apartheid South Africa Author Sihle Moon
ISBN-10 1569025088
Year 2017
Pages 273
Language en
Publisher Africa Research and Publications

The book is about the politics of developmental state-making in post-apartheid South Africa. Specifically, the focus is on tracing and providing well considered political and ideological explanations for some of the most salient obstacles confronting the South African transition. The central argument is that until the intellectual and ideological template underpinning the transition is fundamentally overhauled, South Africa is unlikely to fulfil Mandela s promises of ending poverty, employment creation and equality for all. What is more, the politics and policy framework that springs from this template is essentially counter developmental and only serves to reproduce the power relations and structural arrangements they are meant to overcome.

South Africa Limits To Change

South Africa  Limits To Change Author Hein Marais
ISBN-10 1856499677
Year 2001-09-08
Pages 338
Language en
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Drawing on the rich structural and political understandings of radical South African intellectuals, this book explains why the South African government has been unable to breach the boundaries of change erected by the privileged classes. It reveals why it has adopted conservative economic policies, and why the country's popular movement has failed to press home more radical opinions. Hein Marais compellingly probes the hidden dynamics of South Africa's transition, arguing that the democratic breakthrough was much less open-ended than generally believed.

South Africa Pushed to the Limit

South Africa Pushed to the Limit Author Hein Marais
ISBN-10 9781780320830
Year 2013-07-04
Pages 576
Language en
Publisher Zed Books Ltd.

Since 1994, the democratic government in South Africa has worked hard at improving the lives of the black majority, yet close to half the population lives in poverty, jobs are scarce, and the country is more unequal than ever. For millions, the colour of people’s skin still decides their destiny. In his wide-ranging, incisive and provocative analysis, Hein Marais shows that although the legacies of apartheid and colonialism weigh heavy, many of the strategic choices made since the early 1990s have compounded those handicaps. Marais explains why those choices were made, where they went awry, and why South Africa’s vaunted formations of the left -- old and new -- have failed to prevent or alter them. From the real reasons behind President Jacob Zuma’s rise and the purging of his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, to a devastating critique of the country’s continuing AIDS crisis, its economic path and its approach to the rights and entitlements of citizens, South Africa Pushed to the Limit presents a riveting benchmark analysis of the incomplete journey beyond apartheid.

Afrikaners in the New South Africa

Afrikaners in the New South Africa Author Rebecca Davies
ISBN-10 9780857710123
Year 2009-02-28
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher I.B.Tauris

How has the position of Afrikaners changed since the end of the Apartheid regime in South Africa? Here Davies portrays the stresses, strains and processes of change in a rapidly evolving political landscape. Much has been written about the African National Congress, its support base and alliance partners in the post-apartheid era, but Afrikaner politics and identity remain underexplored. Orthodox analyses suggested a bleak future for an Afrikaner grouping in contemporary South Africa, subjugated under an ANC government broadly aligned against Afrikaner interests. While the once sound links between the state, the regime and Afrikaner nationalist identity have been irrevocably altered, it is evident that this newly disempowered minority still commands a vast material and cultural capital. Davies shows that certain Afrikaans speakers have been increasingly marginalized in the new order, while others have become important players in the new South Africa and on the world stage, enthusiastically embracing elements of the wider politico-economic order. Indeed, prominent Afrikaner constituencies including business and cultural elites are flourishing in contemporary South Africa. Davies argues that the global political economy and the closely associated ideology of globalization and neo-liberal economics are major catalysts for change in Afrikaner identifications and positions, resulting in ‘successful’ adaptations to the post-apartheid context. She demonstrates the links between these global influences and more local social, economic and political developments, showing how shifts in the global economy have served to constrict or empower different elite and non-elite Afrikaans constituencies. Davies sheds light on a complex and riven political context by identifying and deconstructing multiple Afrikaner constituencies and identities, and showing how they play out in the social, economic and political landscape of South Africa. By providing a detailed case study of the impact of globalization on identity and politics in societies in flux, she advances a new theoretical framework for understanding identity politics grounded in an international political economy perspective. Accessible, informative and well-written, ‘Afrikaners in the New South Africa’ is a vital contribution to our understanding of post-apartheid South Africa. It will be indispensable for readers and academics interested in the politics of post-apartheid South Africa, Afrikaners, identity politics, globalization, international political economy and geography.

Stuck in Middle GEAR

Stuck in Middle GEAR Author Ian Taylor
ISBN-10 0275972755
Year 2001
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group

South Africa's ongoing incorporation into the international political economy as a global middle-power--a "bridgebuilder" between the global hegemons and those reluctant to follow their lead--has created in it a post-apartheid foreign policy that has been a bundle of contradictions and ambiguities. Through case studies of interaction with multilateral groupings and organizations, Taylor examines South African foreign policy during its ambivalent re-entry into the globalized neo-liberal political economy.

Post Apartheid South Africa

Post Apartheid South Africa Author Vusi Gumede
ISBN-10 1604979291
Year 2016-06-28
Pages 288
Language en

Introduction -- Development dilemmas -- The post-apartheid development experience -- Evolution of policy in post-apartheid South Africa -- Nation building -- Social and economic transformation : policies and prospects -- Conclusion: towards an inclusive society

The Political Economy of South Africa

The Political Economy of South Africa Author Ben Fine
ISBN-10 1850652570
Year 1996
Pages 278
Language en

Rather than proposing a blue-print for a more equable economic system in South Africa, this book presents the results and implications of research on both the history and current dynamics of the South African economy, from World War II to the present. The authors analyze a range of strategic economic trajectories, linking these to the shifting balance of economic and political power within South Africa. However, their approach is not prescriptive; instead, they set the boundaries within which the economic and political debates are conducted. They also discuss the theoretical arguments involved in the propositions that they and others have put forward. In this and other respects - such as the data presented and the fact that each chapter is written in a self-contained fashion so that particular topics can be studied in isolation from others - this study serves as a textbook of the political economy of South Africa.

South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation

South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation Author James J. Hentz
ISBN-10 0253111366
Year 2005-07-19
Pages 296
Language en
Publisher Indiana University Press

In South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation, James J. Hentz addresses changes in South Africa's strategies for regional cooperation and economic development since its transition from apartheid to democracy. Hentz focuses on why the new South African government continues to make regional cooperation a priority and what methods this dominant state uses to pursue its neighborly goals. While providing a synthetic overview of the history of regional cooperation in southern Africa, Hentz considers the logic of cooperation more generally. An extensive discussion of South African politics provides the context for Hentz's exploration of the more widely felt effects of domestic change. Readers interested in the international organization of the politics and economy of southern Africa will find thought-provoking material in this important book.

Post Apartheid Southern Africa

Post Apartheid Southern Africa Author Lennart Petersson
ISBN-10 9781134718160
Year 2013-03-07
Pages 376
Language en
Publisher Routledge

This volume brings together some of the best-known and highly-regarded academics in the field to present a timely and comprehensive review of the prospects for economic integration and development in Southern Africa, and to analyse alternative strategies and policies for the future. It presents in-depth country-specific studies of Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tanzania, and has wide appeal to both policy makers and academics.

South Africa in Africa

South Africa in Africa Author Adekeye Adebajo
ISBN-10 1869141342
Year 2007
Pages 339
Language en
Publisher University of Kwazulu Natal Press

In this rigorous and policy-relevant book, a diverse group of Pan-African scholars examine South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy, arguing that an effective foreign policy can only be built on a strong domestic base. The authors assess key challenges of regional leadership for South Africa, addressing traditional issues of leadership, military and economic power, and less conventional foreign policy concerns, such as land conflicts and HIV/AIDS. In detailed case studies, the authors describe South Africa's role in the development of the AU (African Union) and NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development), and the country's relations with strategic countries in West, Southern, and North Africa, the Great Lakes region, and the Horn of Africa.

The Agrarian Question in South Africa

The Agrarian Question in South Africa Author Henry Bernstein
ISBN-10 9781317827450
Year 2014-01-21
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher Routledge

This is the first collection of its kind. It presents a critical political economy of the agrarian question in post-apartheid South Africa, informed by the results of research undertaken since the transition from apartheid started in 1990. The articles, by well-known South African, British and American scholars, cover a variety of topical theoretical, empirical and policy issues, firmly rooted in an historical perspective.

Media Identity and the Public Sphere in Post Apartheid South Africa

Media  Identity and the Public Sphere in Post Apartheid South Africa Author Abebe Zegeye
ISBN-10 9004126333
Year 2003
Pages 194
Language en
Publisher BRILL

"The contributors to this collection of essays provide invaluable information on the role of the mass media in the social transformation of South African society and on the political, social and cultural importance of the evolving identities of the diverse array of people who make up the population of this important country. The interrelationships between the mass media and the evolving identities of the country's diverse population are the focus of most of the essays and provide the connecting theme throughout the collection."--BOOK JACKET.