Remaking the ANC (Paperback)

Party Change in South Africa and the Global South

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Although the ANC has been in power now for twenty years and looks set to continue in office for some time yet, its hold on power is neither permanent nor assured, and sometime in the future it is safe to say it will be voted out of office. This is the fate faced by all liberation movements that have won power at the ballot box.

Product Details

Barcode
9781431420193
Department
Books
Released
29 Sep 2014
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Anthony Butler (Editor)
Subtitle
Party Change in South Africa and the Global South
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Language
English
Number of Pages
288
Dimensions
235 x 155 x 155mm (235g)

Annotation

Although the ANC has been in power now for twenty years and looks set to continue in office for some time yet, its hold on power is neither permanent nor assured, and sometime in the future it is safe to say it will be voted out of office. This is the fate faced by all liberation movements that have won power at the ballot box.

Summary

Although the African National Congress (ANC) has been in power now for 20 years and looks set to continue in office for some time yet, its hold on power is neither permanent nor assured, and sometime in the future it is safe to say it will be voted out of office. This is the fate faced by all liberation movements that have won power at the ballot box. Being voted out of office is not the only fate awaiting political parties. Popular disaffection, loss of loyalty, splits and schisms, factionalism, all affect parties and in turn inspire them to change and adapt, meet the challenges or try to avert the loss of support. Yet we know little about how and why parties change in the Global South. This book explores various dimensions of internal organizational reform by examining parties from around the South. Several chapters investigate the ANC in South Africa, one of several dominant parties that have begun to lose their shine. Other chapters look at the Chinese Communist Party, the Indian National Congress, the Workers’ Party in Brazil, UMNO in Malaysia, the Kuomintang in Taiwan, and Mexico’s PRI. The book explores such issues as the uses and abuses of technology and social media; changes to candidate selection, membership, and policy-deliberation processes; discipline and political-education programs; party-to-party learning; factional politics; and the effects of state power on party management. For all those interested in knowing how the ANC might adapt—or die—as well as those with a special interest in political parties and party systems, this book provides the answers.

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General Subject
Politics/Intl Relations
BISAC Subject 1
Political Science / Government / State & Provincial
BISAC Subject 2
Political Science / Political Freedom & Security / General
BISAC Subject 4
Political Science / Political Process / Political Parties
BIC Classification 1
Political parties
Library Subject 1
African National Congress
Library Subject 2
Political parties - Cross-cultural studies
Library Subject 3
South Africa - Politics and government - 21st century
Dewey Classification
324.268083
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Anthony Butler is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has been a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and director of the politics and administration programme at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Cyril Ramaphosa (Jacana and James Currey), and editor of Paying for Politics (Jacana, 2010) and writes a regular column for Business Day (Johannesburg).