Stuck in Middle GEAR: South Africa's Post-apartheid Foreign Relations (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy has been a bundle of contradictions and ambiguities. The accession by leading fractions of the African National Congress to the ongoing discourse of neo-liberalism has led to the policy making elite playing to two distinct audiences: its Leftist-inclined constituency within the Government of National Unity and externally oriented domestic and international capital. This second audience is increasingly integrating the GNU elite into a group which more and more reflects the concerns, aspirations, and demands of a transnational class elite. This move mirrors South Africa's ongoing incorporation into the international political economy as a global middle-power, a bridgebuilder between the global hegemons and those reluctant to follow their lead.

Taylor's fundamental theoretical approach that underpins the study--namely a neo-gramscian interpretation of the global political economy and the importance of middle powers--sets it apart from other studies of contemporary South African foriegn policy making. He also provides a useful source for Africanists and South Africa specialists in particular. This is partly because of the accessible style of presentation. But it is also because he has chosen case studies of interaction with multilateral groupings and organizations. This approach marks the volume out as being different from the normal assessment of South African foreign policy--particularly the specific multilateral agencies that he has chosen to focus on.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hegemony Middlepowermanship and Multilateralism
11
Neoliberalism as a Hegemonic Project
23
Neoliberalism Hegemony and PostApartheid South Africa
37
From Redistribution to Hegemonic Norms Constraints and Contradictions
57
Multilateralism Middlepowermanship and Neoliberalism South African Foreign Policy
85
South Africa and the World Trade Organisation
93
South Africa and the Cairns Group
113
South Africa and UNCTAD IX
123
South Africa and the Nonaligned Movement
135
South Africa and the Commonwealth
151
Middlepowermanship and the Continuing Compromise
161
Bibliography
169
Index
189
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IAN TAYLOR is a lecturer in the Department of Political & Administrative Studies, University of Botswana and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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