Liberation Movements in Power
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400 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: James Currey

Liberation Movements in Power

Party and State in Southern Africa

by Roger Southall

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Analyses the ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe, SWAPO in Namibia and the ANC in South Africa and to what extent their promises of democracy have been effected in government.
The liberation movements of Southern Africa arose to combat racism, colonialism and settler capitalism and engaged in armed struggle to establish democracy. After victory over colonial and white minority regimes, they moved into government embodying the hopes and aspirations of their mass of supporters and of widespread international solidarity movements. Even with the difficult legacies they inherited, their performance in power has been deeply disappointing. Roger Southall tracks the experiences in government of ZANU-PF, SWAPO and the ANC, arguing that such movements are characterised by paradoxical qualities, both emancipatory and authoritarian. Analysis is offered of their evolution into political machines through comparative review of their electoral performance, their relation to state and society, their policies regarding economic transformation, and their evolution as vehicles of class formation andpredatory behaviour. The author concludes that, while they will survive organizationally, their essence as progressive forces is dying, and that hopes of a genuine liberation throughout the region will depend upon political realignments alongside moral and intellectual regeneration.

ANC South Africa
SWAPO Namibia
Zanu-PF Zimbabwe

Roger Southall is Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand and a Research Associate of the Society, Work and Development Institute.
Introduction: Analysing Liberation Movements as Governments - Roger Southall
Settler Colonialism in Southern Africa - Roger Southall
The Evolution of the Liberation Movements - Roger Southall
The War for Southern Africa - Roger Southall
Contradictions of Victory - Roger Southall
Liberation Movements and Elections - Roger Southall
Liberation Movements and the State - Roger Southall
Liberation Movements and Society - Roger Southall
Liberation Movements and Economic Transformation - Roger Southall
The Party State, Class Formation and the Decline of Ideology - Roger Southall
Fueling the Party Machines - Roger Southall
The Mafia State? The ANC under Jacob Zuma - Roger Southall
Conclusion: The Slow Death of the Liberation Movements - Roger Southall

Roger Southall is Emeritus Professor in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand and Professorial Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS. His books include Liberation Movements in Power: Party and State in Southern Africa (2013) and The New Black Middle Class in South Africa (2016).

"An important achievement in particular for its synthetic vision and persuasive overall argument." AFRICA SPECTRUM
"A welcome addition to the literature [which] should be viewed as required reading for anyone wanting to get to grips with the topic." COMMONWEALTH & COMPARATIVE POLITICS
"A theoretically rich and empirically grounded account of an important subset of African political regimes. . This highly recommended book is essential reading." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES
"Encyclopaedic in detail and scope, elegantly written and carefully analysed, and makes a convincing and nuanced argument for the degeneration of NLMs. ... [This] important volume should become essential reading to anyone hoping to unpick the failures of liberation in southern Africa." REVIEW OF AFRICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY
"A mine of information for researchers and those wanting to pick over the wide literature on the topic." AFRICAN ARGUMENTS
"With meticulous detail and extensive documentation, Southall analyses the theoretical and political environment of Southern Africa and the growth of the liberation movements. . . Highly recommended." CHOICE

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Title Details

400 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: James Currey