Globalization, Negotiation, And The Failure Of Transformation In South Africa / Edition 1

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Globalization, Negotiation, and the Failure of Transformation in South Africa considers the consequences of the coincidence of two revolutions in South Africa at the end of the Cold War. One was the completion of decolonization in Africa, with the advent of African majority rule and democracy in South Africa in 1994. The other was the emergence of the global mode of production as the pre-eminent form of organization in world political economy, that was to force revisions of prior assumptions about development strategies, international diplomacy, nation-building, class struggle and gender relations in all parts of the world. The book explains the social forces, forms of consciousness and structural constraints that undermined Apartheid, preserved national unity and yet, later constrained democratic sovereignty, as the imperatives of global markets clashed with the prior aspirations of the democratic revolution. A unique theoretical synthesis from several critical perspectives, informs this study of South African political economy up to the early years of the twenty first century. It draws practical and theoretical implications for critical application in other parts of the world where challenges of democratic sovereignty, national unity, class and gender dynamics, must be simultaneously negotiated in face of global production, finance and culture, and new forms of rule-making authority.

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"A major contribution to scholarship...may well change the direction of thinking on South Africa's transition and on the nature of the post-apartheid state."--Peter Vale, Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics, Rhodes University (South Africa)
"A thoughtful and provocative analysis of the forces of globalization that both engendered the change to majority rule in South Africa but also constrained the social democratic reforms that the anti-apartheid movement had promised. Allen insightfully addresses issues of class, ethnicity, gender and nation in a post-Westphalian world."--Robert Mortimer, Professor of Political Science, Haverford College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403971418
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael H. Allen is Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College and Co-Director of its Center for International Studies. His special areas of interest within the field of International Studies, are International Political Economy, International Law, and the politics of change in Africa and the Caribbean.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Questions from a Gestalt Moment
Part I: Promise of Transformation * Theory and Context
• Violence,Capital Flows and Bargaining Power
• Financial Globalisation, Debt Negotiations and Reform
• Negotiating Economic Justice: Globalisation or Socialism?
• Revolution at a Bargain?
Part II: Frustrations of Market Rule * Globalist And Non-Sexist?
• Negotiating Democracy
• Conclusion: The Failure of Transformation

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