In this Book

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The ANC is light years beyond the liberation movement of old. It remains a juggernaut, but its control and dominance are no longer watertight. The ANC lives the contradictions of weaknesses, cracks and factions while retaining its colossal status. As a party-movement it draws on its liberation credentials and extracts immense power from its deep anchorage in South Africa’s people. The ANC is in command of the state, yet fails to definitively counter the deficits that make South Africa’s democracy seem so diluted. Its incredulous and thus far trusting supporters condemn, but rarely punish those who do not ‘pass through the eye of the needle’. This volume unpacks these contradictions and focuses on four faces of the ANC’s political power – the organisation, the people, political parties and elections, and policy and government – and explores how the ANC has acted since 1994 to continuously regenerate its power, despite its power configurations converging to a conjuncture of vexing uncertainties. This book presents insights into how South African politics – in many ways synonymous with the politics of the ANC – is likely to unfold in years to come.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover, Front Flap
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xx
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  1. Section 1: ANC Movement-Party in Power
  2. p. 1
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction: ANC pathways to claiming, consolidating and regenerating political power
  2. pp. 2-32
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  1. Chapter 2. Aluta continua, from Polokwane to Mangaung
  2. pp. 33-84
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  1. Section 2: ANC Power and the Power of the People
  2. p. 85
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  1. Chapter 3. The ANC and its pillars of people’s power
  2. pp. 86-125
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  1. Chapter 4. Power through the ballot and the brick
  2. pp. 126-173
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  1. Chapter 5. Participation and power through cooperation, complicity, co-optation
  2. pp. 174-208
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  1. Section 3: ANC in Party Politics and Elections
  2. p. 209
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  1. Chapter 6. Power through elections – serial declines, but the centre holds
  2. pp. 210-258
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  1. Chapter 7. Floor-crossing and entrenchment of ANC electoral supremacy
  2. pp. 259-289
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  1. Chapter 8. Subjugation and demise of the (New) National Party
  2. pp. 290-324
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  1. Chapter 9. Countered and cowered Congress of the People (Cope)
  2. pp. 325-356
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  1. Section 4: ANC Power and State Power
  2. p. 357
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  1. Chapter 10. State institutions as site of struggle in ANC wars
  2. pp. 358-403
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  1. Chapter 11. Between centralisation and centralism – the Presidency of South Africa
  2. pp. 404-443
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  1. Chapter 12. Policy, pursuit of the ‘turn to the left’ and the paradox of continuity
  2. pp. 444-478
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  1. Section 5: Conclusion
  2. p. 479
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  1. Chapter 13. ANC at a critical conjuncture – movement, people, elections, governance
  2. pp. 480-498
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  1. Acronyms
  2. pp. 499-503
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 504-516
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
  2. p. 518
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781868145539
Related ISBN
9781868145423
MARC Record
OCLC
1016765438
Pages
536
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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