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Title:The significance of the minerals-energy complex in the light of South African economic historiography
Author:Freund, BillISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-7696)
Issue:71
Pages:3-25
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:economic history
historiography
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation/v071/71.1freund.pdf
Abstract:This article places B. Fine and Z. Rustomjee's (1996) conceptual project of the minerals and energy complex (MEC) as a way of understanding power and key networks in the development of the modern economy of South Africa in the larger economic history of the country. The radical critique of apartheid, the understanding of the limitations of apartheid in developmental terms and the arrival of so-called heterodox economic assessments have all played their part in opening the way to this form of thinking. In today's climate the ruling party may also be more inclined to listen to structural critiques of the historic biases of the economy which still play an important part in shaping policy after the end of the apartheid system. Bibliogr., notes, ref. sum. [Journal abstract]
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