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Title:Building trust and playing hardball: contrasting negotiating styles in South Africa's transition to democracy
Author:Shapiro, Barry M.ISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution (ISSN 1562-6997)
Volume:12
Issue:3
Pages:33-52
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:negotiation
African National Congress (South Africa)
democratization
About persons:Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (1942-)ISNI
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (1952-)ISNI
External link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcbuilding-trust-and-playing-hardball/
Abstract:This article examines two contrasting and complementary negotiation styles employed by the African National Congress (ANC) during the negotiation process that ended apartheid in South Africa. Taking its cue from the work of negotiation theorists who have distinguished between 'cooperative' and 'adversarial' negotiation styles, it presents the August 1991 replacement of Thabo Mbeki as chief ANC negotiator with Cyril Ramaphosa as a pivotal turning point in the ANC's drive to secure agreement on a majoritarian constitutional settlement. Through a historical analysis of Mbeki's efforts to build trust and alleviate 'other-anxiety' and Ramaphosa's subsequent use of brinksmanship and other 'hardball' tactics to enhance the ANC's bargaining position, the article suggests that the success of Ramaphosa's 'adversarial' approach was largely dependent on Mbeki's earlier success in cultivating sufficient trust and confidence between the two main parties as to enable them to come to an ultimately 'irreversible' understanding of their mutual interest in making peace. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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