South Africa's Suspended Revolution
Hopes and Prospects
Publication Year: 2013
Written by one of South Africa’s leading scholars and political commentators, the book combines historical and contemporary analysis with strategies for an alternative political agenda. Adam Habib connects the lessons of the South African experience with theories of democratic transition, social change, and conflict resolution. Political leaders, scholars, students, and activists will all find material here to deepen their understanding of the challenges and opportunities of contemporary South Africa.
Published by: Ohio University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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This book has long been in the making. I have been meaning to write it for over a decade but work pressures, new jobs, alternative research projects, and deferred sabbaticals all conspired against it. So, when the opportunity for a sabbatical emerged at the end of my first term as deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Johannesburg, I had ...
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South Africa is in the midst of a high-stakes leadership drama that has been underway for some years. The stage is the South African state, including its national departments and ministries, provincial governments and local municipalities. It is a drama that has pitted comrade against comrade, and the ensuing battle has led to friends ...
2Governance, politicalaccountability and servicedelivery
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There was little that united South Africans at the dawn of their democratic transition, but if there was anything – other than the desire to avert a civil war – it would have been a yearning for political accountability and service delivery. South Africans may have meant different things by these terms, but there was nevertheless a general ...
3The political economy ofdevelopment
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Economic policy has never been simply a technical, neutral exercise devised by impartial bureaucrats, and, in the modern world, the relationship between politics and economics has become ever more apparent and explicit. The nature of economic policy is determined by political variables and economic interests influence state priorities ...
4The viability of a sustainablesocial pact
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Social pacts have become a mantra of South Africa’s political transition. Ever since the notion was mooted by Geoff Schreiner were then senior officials in the Congress of South African Trade leadership figures in business, labour and the state. It is not difficult to imagine why. After all, a social pact promises the possibility of ...
5The evolution of state–civilsociety relations
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Two very different visions permeate public discourse on state–civil society relations in South Africa. The first is well illustrated social development, responded to a question about government’s The second vision is succinctly captured in the words of Ashwin of the more prominent public intellectuals within the new social ...
6South Africa and the world
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...the United Nations Security Council. On both occasions its tenure was plagued by controversy. In the first term (2007–2008), human rights activists were demoralised by what they interpreted as the country’s defence of ‘rogue powers’, when South Africa refused to sanctions on Iran, Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Similarly, in its ...
7What is to be done?
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The title of this chapter, essentially that of Vladimir Lenin’s (1902) indicate that the analysis of the preceding pages need not discourage leaders and activists from working towards the construction of a better society. This chapter defines the contours of an alternative understanding of the balance of power, without compromising the ...
8Reinterpreting democratic anddevelopment experiences
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...developmental experiences hold very few lessons for the rest of the world. For example, Anthony Butler, in the introduction to the second edition of his book, Contemporary South Africa, suggests theoretical innovations’. He argues that southern European and Latin American experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, on the other ...
Frequently used acronyms and abbreviations
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Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth