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Title:Institutionalising dissent: HIV/AIDS, the post-apartheid State and the limits of transnational governance in South Africa
Author:Powers, Theodore
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Geographic term:South Africa
State-society relationship
health policy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03057070.2012.711963
Abstract:Contemporary analyses of globalization and transnational governance have depicted the State as an institution that is decreasing in significance due to the rising influence of external political and economic forces. However, a close examination of AIDS politics in South Africa reveals that the ANC-led government developed institutional arrangements and alliances with non-governmental organizations to limit the effect of transnational political influence during the administration of former President Thabo Mbeki. While the impact of increased international funding for non-governmental organizations on political processes has been underscored by critical research, the author argues that an inclusion of the shifting strategies that 'developing' States utilize to maintain political autonomy in the context of neoliberal globalization may offer additional insight into the ways in which transnational political forces interact with the different institutional scales of the State. The degree of political autonomy enabled by transnational political influence also calls attention to the fact that subnational State institutions must also be included in an analysis of transnational governance, particularly given South Africa's quasi-federal political system. Finally, the author proposes that abstract theories of neoliberal globalization and transnationalism might benefit from the critical perspectives offered by South Africans involved in navigating the contentious field of AIDS politics during the era of AIDS dissidence. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]