Liberation Movements in Power : Party and State in Southern Africa

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-02
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
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What happens to National Liberation Movements (NLMs) once they take power? Is the democracy they herald merely a transitional phase, presaging either authoritarianism, or a more competitive democracy, subject to political, business and popular pressures? The author examines the post-colonial development of three NLM regimes in southern Africa - the ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe, SWAPO in Namibia and the ANC in South Africa - and analyses what the variations in their regimes imply for democracy. In particular, the work looks at this issue in relation to the level of capitalist development (and the relative balance of power between state and business), and of working-class and poor people's organisations such as trade unions and social movements. Locating its study within the wider context of post-colonial nationalist experience in Africa and Asia, the book will be essential reading for policy-makers and practitioners as well as those in development studies and colonial politics.BR>Roger Southall is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Wits University.

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