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Elite Transition

Elite Transition

From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa

by Patrick Bond

Fully updated edition of best-selling work of political analysis. Released to coincide with 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid in South Africa.
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.

Patrick Bond is Distinguished Professor at the University of Johannesburg Department of Sociology, where he directs the Centre for Social Change. He is the author of several books, including BRICS and 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 '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 '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
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction: Dissecting South Africa’s Transition
Part I: Power and Economic Discourses
1. Neoliberal Economic Constraints on Liberation
2. Social Contract Scenarios
Part II: The Ascendancy 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 Global Economic Crisis
Afterword: From Racial to Class Apartheid
Afterword to the New Edition: South Africa Faces Its ‘Faustian Pact’: Neoliberalism, Financialisation and Proto-Fascism
Notes and References
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2014
eBook ISBN: 9781783711451

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