Elite Transition

Elite Transition : From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa

3.53 (13 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$42.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


In Elite Transition, Patrick Bond examines the economic and social compromises that have been, and are being, made between the past and present powers in South Africa. A former adviser to the ANC, Bond investigates how groups such as the ANC went from being a force of liberation for all people to a vehicle now perceived as serving the economic interests of an elite few. Bond covers a range of socioeconomic factors under both the old and new South Africa, highlighting the reasons for the transition's 'development' failure and drawing on case studies on key issues: social contracts, black economic empowerment, housing and corporate power. He explores the idea that progressive policymaking is being compromised by the new petit bourgeoisie and ruling elite, and assesses the view that, as change slows down, official policy is increasingly one of lower expectations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 26mm | 499.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes, index
  • 0745310230
  • 9780745310237

About Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond is Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the author of several books, including Politics of Climate Justice (2012), Looting Africa (2006), Talk Left Walk Right (2006), Unsustainable South Africa (2002), and Cities of Gold, Townships of Coal (2000).show more

Table of contents

Preface Part I: Power and Economic Discourses 1. Neoliberal Economic Constraints to Liberation 2. Social Contract Scenarios Part II: The Ascendance of Neoliberal Social Policy 3. Rumours, Dreams and Promises 4. The Housing Question Part III: International Lessons 5. The World Bank as 'Knowledge Bank' 6. Beyond Neoliberalism? South Africa and the Global Crisis Notes Indexshow more

Review quote

'Bond has written an engaging and important account that situates South Africa's transition within the broader global processes unfolding during the 1990s... Elite Transition successfully highlights some telling events and processes that help us understand why the transition unfolded as it did, and, crucially, why it is not just South Africans who should be deeply concerned at this series of developments.' International Affairs'Elite Transition charts the destruction of progressive economic and social policy aspirations from the end years of apartheid to today as a new elite emerges espousing neo-liberal principles ...The book is important. Bond sets out how the Clinton/Blair neo-liberal cry that 'there is no alternative' is being challenged. ' Socialist Review'In what is both a challenging and well researched book, Bond takes us through every key area of policy formation, and with a mixtrue of radical economic analysis, investigative journalism and personal anecdote, brings to light the full and at times frightening impact of the 'Elite Transition'.' Left Republican Review'The book is an analysis of the compromises made between the past and present powers in post-apartheid South Afric, and it assesses the extent to which they can lead to meaningful liberation for the masses of South Africans.' Oxfam Review of Journalsshow more

Rating details

13 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 15% (2)
4 31% (4)
3 46% (6)
2 8% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X