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Title:Structure, agency and regime change: a comparative analysis of social actors and regime change in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Author:McCorley, CiaraISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:political change
political economy
trade unions
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589001.2013.781321
Abstract:This article questions why some transitions from authoritarianism reach democratic outcomes and others stagnate. It adopts an approach that looks at both structure and agency and proposes a framework that examines economic complexity, labour incorporation and social forces to understand the power distributions that emerge between economic groups that can affect a transitional progression. Structural conditions are strongly influenced by historical legacies and critical junctures and the article argues that these factors combine to affect the trajectory a state moves in during transition. It examines economic complexity in conjunction with the critical juncture of labour incorporation in the three cases of South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to ascertain the conditions that influence their different transitional outcomes and to contribute to generalisations about social movements and political change. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]