||In this extensively updated and expanded edition of South Africa: Limits to Change, Hein Marais analyses why the ANC government has adopted, and firmly pursued, conservative economic policies, despite their poor performance. In doing so he draws on and develops the rich structural and political understandings of radical South African intellectuals.
In a penetrating assessment of the balance of forces, Marais examines the many, and often overlooked, ingredients of the ANC government’s power, as well as the frailties and unexploited strengths of the country’s popular movement. His book provides a benchmark critical analysis of South Africa’s journey beyond apartheid.
‘This is an important and original book, scholarly, but at the same time readable. It is better, in my view, than any recent book on the political economy of South Africa’s transition’ - Professor John Sender, Department of Economics, SOAS, Unversity of London
‘If students can read only one book on South Africa’s transition, this should be the book’ - Professor Jaclyn Cock, Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
‘Hein Marais is probably the most intelligent and articulate author who writes about South Africa in a Marxist paradigm’ - Professor David Welsh, Professor Emeritus, University of Cape Town
'The most comprehensive and cogent assessment available of the contemporary political economy of South Africa' - Choice
Foreword - Samir Amin
1. Origins of a Divided Society
2. Managing the Crisis
3. The Shape of the Transition
4. The Battleground of the Economy
5. The Evolution of ANC Economic Policy: A Short Walk to Orthodoxy
6. The Whiplash of History
7. Rudiments of an Alternative
8. The Politics of an Alternative
9. Shock of the New
Some more articles for oppotunities for civil society and another study on the transition to democracy.