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The African National Congress and the regeneration of political power

The African National Congress and the regeneration of political power

Booysen, Susan, author

The ANC is a party-movement that draws on its liberation credentials yet is conflicted by a multitude of weaknesses, factions and internal succession battles. Booysen constructs her analysis around the ANC's four faces of political power - organisation, people, political parties and elections, and policy and government - and explores how, since 1994, it has acted to continuously regenerate its power

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Published Johannesburg : Wits University Press 2011

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Statement of responsibility: Susan Booysen
ISBN: 1776141660, 1868145530, 1868147819, 9781776141661, 9781868145423, 9781868145539, 9781868147816
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Print version record.
Language note: In English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xix, 515 pages) : illustrations, charts, figures, tables
Subject: Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.; Power (Social sciences) Africa.; Power (Social sciences); African National Congress.; South Africa Politics and government 1994-; Politics and government.; Africa Politics and government 1960-; South Africa.; Africa.


  1. Introduction : ANC pathways to claiming, consolidating and regenerating political power
  2. Aluta continua, from Polokwane to Mangaung
  3. The ANC and its pillars of people's power
  4. Power through the ballot and the brick
  5. Participation and power through co-operation, complicity, co-optation
  6. Power through elections: serial declines, but the centre holds
  7. Floor-crossing and entrenchment of ANC electoral supremacy
  8. Subjugation and demise of the (new) National Party
  9. Countered and cowered Congress of the People (Cope)
  10. State institutions as site of struggle in ANC wars
  11. Between centralisation and centralism : the Presidency of South Africa
  12. Policy, pursuit of the 'turn to the left' and the paradox of continuity
  13. ANC at a critical conjuncture : movement, people, elections, governance.