State of the Nation: South Africa 2008 is the fifth volume in the annual series published by the HSRC Press. This volume will feature a range of pertinent and captivating contemporary viewpoints on South African politics, society, economy and international relations. As with earlier editions, commentary is drawn from the ranks of academics, political analysts, civil society and the research community.
The diverse contributions form a comprehensive collection that, as always, reflects a finger kept firmly on the South African pulse. Issues featured in this edition include: Black consciousness in contemporary South African politics; Modernising the African National Congress; The developmental state in South Africa; Globalisation and transformation of the South African Merchant Navy; Landlords, tenants and social power in the backyards of a South African city; The state of military relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe and South Africa in the UN Security Council.
Introduction: Uncertain democracy - elite fragmentation and the disintegration of the 'nationalist consensus' in South Africa
Part I: Politics
1 The Polokwane moment and South Africa's democracy at the crossroads
2 Modernising the African National Congress: The legacy of President Thabo Mbeki
William M Gumede
3 The state of the Pan-Africanist Congress in a democratic South Africa
4 Black Consciousness in contemporary South African politics
Part II: Economics
5 The developmental state in South Africa: The difficult road ahead
6 Globalisation and transformation of the South African merchant navy: A case of flag of (in) convenience shipping?
7 Service delivery as a measure of change: State capacity and development
David Hemson, Jonathan Carter and Geci Karuri-Sebina
8 The state of our environment: Safeguarding the foundation for development
Donald Gibson, Amina Ismail, Darryll Kilian and Maia Matshikiza
Part III: Society
9 Beyond yard socialism: Landlords, tenants and social power in the backyards of a South African city
10 Internationalisation and competitiveness in South African urban governance: On the contradictions of aspirationist urban policy-making
Part IV: South Africa, Africa and the globe
11 South Africa and the Great Lakes: A complex diplomacy
12 Cry sovereignty: South Africa in the UN Security Council one year on
13 Praetorian solidarity: The state of military relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe
Peter Kagwanja and Martin Revayi Rupiya