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Indexed in Clarivate Analytics Book Citation Index (Web of Science Core Collection)The African National Congress 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. It is immersed in electoral politics that marks the state of its overwhelming power cyclically. As government the ANC is the object of protest, but not protest designed to bring the ruling party to its knees. 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 only rarely punish deployees who do not ‘pass through the eye of the needle’. The ANC and the Regeneration of Political Power unpacks these contradictions. It 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. By 2011-12 the power configurations around the ANC were converging to a conjuncture holding 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 and possibly decades to come.

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  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
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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
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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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