Labor and Democracy in Namibia, 1971-1996
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240 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: James Currey

Labor and Democracy in Namibia, 1971-1996

by Gretchen Bauer

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Chronicles the origins and evolution of the history of Namibia's organized labor movement.
Explains how, despite the structural limitations of the Namibian economy, a colonial legacy of repression and reform, and an authoritarian nationalist movement, trade unions did eventually emerge in Namibia, only to be largely demobilized after independence. It further explores the implications of this demobilization for the consolidation of democracy in Namibia.

North America: Ohio U Press
"The topic is highly relevant today, for if Namibia had had a strong and independent labour movement since independence, Namibian democracy would not be threatened by ruling party domination -" Christopher Saunders, JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY
"Without doubt, however, this book contributes enormously to empiricism on the birth of the trade union movement in Namibia and on that basis is of value to academia. -" Lawrence Flint, AFRICAN AFFAIRS
"Dr Bauer argues that a vibrant and autonomous trade union movement is crucial to the consolidation of new democracies, such as Namibia. In Namibia, however, the liberation struggle and the first years of independence have weakened the trade unions. -" INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SOCIAL HISTORY

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9780852557525

January 1998

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Title Details

240 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: James Currey