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Neoliberalism and Resistance in South Africa

Economic and Political Coalitions

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Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)

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Introduction

This book critically examines the persistence of market orthodoxy in post-apartheid South Africa and the civil society resistance such policies have generated over a twenty-five-year period. Each chapter unpacks the key political coalitions and economic dynamics, domestic as well as global, that have sustained neoliberalism in the country since the transition to liberal democracy in 1994. Chapter 1 analyzes the political economy of segregation and apartheid, as well as the factors that drove the democratic reform and the African National Congress’ (ANC) subsequent abandonment of redistribution in favor of neoliberal policies. Further chapters explore the causes and consequences of South Africa’s integration into the global financial markets, the limitations of the post-apartheid social welfare program, the massive labour strikes and protests that have erupted throughout the country, and the role of the IMF and World Bank in policymaking. The final chapters also examine the political and economic barriers thwarting the emergence of a viable post-apartheid developmental state, the implications of monopoly capital and foreign investment for democracy and development, and the phenomenon of state capture during the Jacob Zuma Presidency.  

Shaukat Ansari received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada, and has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including African Affairs, Review of Political Economy, and International Critical Thought.

Keywords

South Africa Africa Economic Coalitions Political Coalitions African politics Neoliberal Orthodoxy political economy

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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

About the authors

Shaukat Ansari received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada, and has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including African Affairs, Review of Political Economy, and International Critical Thought.

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