Elite Transition - Revised and Expanded Edition

Elite Transition - Revised and Expanded Edition : From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa

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Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid, this is an updated edition of a best-selling work of political analysis. Patrick Bond, a former adviser to the ANC, investigates how groups such as the ANC went from being a force of liberation to a vehicle now perceived as serving the economic interests of an elite few. This edition includes new analysis looking at the 2008 internal coup against Thabo Mbeki, the subsequent economic crisis and the massacre of miners at Marikana in 2012. Bond also assesses the historiography of the transition written since 2000 from nationalist, liberal and radical perspectives, and replies to critics of his work, both from liberal and nationalist perspectives.This is an essential text on post-Apartheid South Africa, which will be vital reading for all who study or have an interest in this part of the continent, and in social change and neoliberal public policy more generally.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised, Expanded ed.
  • 0745334776
  • 9780745334776
  • 1,146,906

About Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond is Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the author of several books, including Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa (Pluto, 2014) Ana Garcia is Professor of International Relations at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and associate of the Institute of Alternative Policies of the Southern Cone (PACS).show more

Table of contents

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Introduction: Dissecting South Africa's Transition Part 1: Power and Economic Discourses 1. Neoliberal Economic Constraints on Liberation 2. Social Contract Scenarios Part 2: The Ascendancy of Neoliberal Social Policy 3. Rumours, Dreams and Promises 4. The Housing Question Part 3: International Lessons 5. The World Bank as `Knowledge Bank' 6. Beyond Neoliberalism? South Africa and Global Economic Crisis Afterword: From Racial to Class Apartheid Afterword to new edition: South Africa Faces its `Faustian Pact': Neoliberalism , financialisation and proto-fascism Notes and References Indexshow more

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'Charts the destruction of progressive economic and social policy aspirations from the end years of apartheid to today as a new elite emerges espousing neoliberal principles' -- Socialist Review 'An analysis of the compromises made between the past and present powers in post-apartheid South Africa, and it assesses the extent to which they can lead to meaningful liberation for the masses of South Africans' -- Oxfam Review of Journals '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 Affairsshow more

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