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Title:Politics and Economics in ANC Economic Policy
Author:Nattrass, Nicoli J.ISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
economic policy
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/723367
Abstract:In tracing the more important shifts in ANC economic policy since 1990, this paper outlines theoretical underpinnings and indicates political dimensions of policy formulation. It pays attention to early ANC economic policy statements, the 1990 Discussion Document on Economic Policy (DDEP) which, like the Freedom Charter, stressed redistribution and State intervention, the debate following the 1990 document, the economic policy resolutions drafted in 1991 and 1992, and policy guidelines as adopted by the ANC in May 1992. It argues that as the ANC attempted to broaden its appeal, economic policy became more business-friendly and less structured by the trade union agenda. However, as indicated by the slight re-radicalization of ANC economic policy at the 1992 policy conference, this process was constrained to some extent by grassroots resistance. The paper concludes with a brief commentary on the ANC's Reconstruction and Development Programme of February 1994. Notes, ref.