Precarious Power

Compliance and discontent under Ramaphosa's ANC
Wits University Press
  • erschienen am 1. Februar 2021
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  • 251 Seiten
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An incisive analysis of South Africa's ANC power-as party, as government, as state

South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) is in decline, its hegemony has been weakened, its legitimacy diluted. President Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment suspended the ANC's electoral decline, it also heightened internal tensions between those who would deepen its acquired status as corrupt and captured, and those who would remodel it as redeemable. These are the incontrovertible knowns of South African politics; what will evolve from this is less certain.

In Precarious Power, renowned political scientist Susan Booysen uses in-depth research and analysis to distill that which is bound to shape South Africa's political future, Booysen focuses on contradictory party politics and internal ANC dissent that is veiled for the sake of retaining an electoral following. Also exposed is the incongruous, populist policy­making, protest politics and the use of soft law to ensure it does not alienate angry citizens, fueling further discontent and protest. The ANC's power has become exceedingly precarious. Precarious Power is the name of the political game, for the foreseeable future.

The comprehensive analysis in Precarious Power will appeal not only to political scientists and postgraduate students, but to all who take a keen interest in current affairs.

  • Englisch
  • Johannesburg
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  • Südafrika
  • 12,60 MB
978-1-77614-647-5 (9781776146475)
Susan Booysen
Tables and Figures
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chapter 1 The ANC and Precarious Power
Chapter 2 Shootouts Under the Cloak of ANC Unity
Chapter 3 Boosted Election Victory, Porous Power
Chapter 4 Presidency of Hope, Shadows and Strategic Allusion
Chapter 5 Courts and Commissions as Crutches Amid Self-Annihilation
Chapter 6 Reconstituting the Limping State
Chapter 7 Parallelism, Populism and Proxy as Tools in Policy Wars
Chapter 8 Protest as Parallel Policy-Making and Governance
Chapter 9 Parallel Power, Shedding Power and Staying in Power
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