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Title:The Impact of Globalisation on Environmental Politics in South Africa, 1990-2002
Authors:Cock, JacklynISNI
Fig, DavidISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:political systems
environmental policy
international relations
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Environment, Ecology
Political development
civil society
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487695
Abstract:Until 1990 South Africa had a strong, vibrant civil society mobilized around the resistance to apartheid. With the expectation of democratization, the hitherto embryonic environmental movement gained confidence and gathered expertise. That provided the impetus for a broad, deep and intersectoral participation in environmental policymaking, which by 1998 had produced new legislation. Subsequently key civil society activists were drawn into the postapartheid State, and because the democratic movement did not have a coherent strategic plan to maintain grassroots structures, civil society was decimated. Despite progressive environmental policies there has been little effective implementation. However, increasing globalization is partly offsetting some of these negative trends. A global society is merging around, for example, HIV/AIDS and Third World debt. These networks are helping to regalvanize environmental movements in contemporary South Africa. Bibliogr., note.