The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power : People, Party, Policy

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Susan Booysen analyes how the African National Congress (ANC) has acted to shape, maintain, and regenerate power in relation to its internal structures and processes, opposition parties, people, government, and the state. The chapters are all anchored in ongoing research and monitoring over this period, sometimes from the sidelines, but at other times with one foot in the political sphere. The ambiguity of future paths of political power are greater now than in the preceding periods of undisputed, uncontested hegemony of the monolith, the colossus that the ANC has been for many years. By dissecting contemporary power dimensions and comparing them with what has gone before, Booysen explores the construction of the political power `complex` of the ANC. She offers insights into how South African politics, which is in many ways synonymous with the politics of the ANC, is likely to unfold in years, possibly decades, to come.
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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 31.5mm | 925.33g
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • English
  • 1868145425
  • 9781868145423
  • 1,573,580

Table of contents

ANC movement-party in power: Introduction - ANC pathways to claiming, consolidating and regenerating political power; from Polokwane to Durban to Mangaung - aluta continua. ANC power and the power of the people: The ANC and the multiple faces of people's power; power through the ballot and the brick; public participation - the power of cooperation, complicity and co-optation. ANC in party politics and elections: Electoral power to the ANC - liberation, consolidation, expansion, decline; floor-crossing and entrenchment of ANC electoral supremacy; demise of the (New) National Party - ultimate ANC victory; Congress of the People (Cope) - countered and cowered by the ANC. ANC and state power: State institutions as site of struggle in the ANC wars; the South African presidency between centralisation and centralism; policy, succession and the contest for 'a turn to the left'; Governance and critical conjuncture for the ANC.
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About Susan Booysen

Susan Booysen is a political analyst and commentator who is currently based at Wits University's Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM).
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