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Title:Whither the State? Corruption, institutions and State-building in South Africa
Author:Chipkin, IvorISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 0258-9346)
Volume:40
Issue:2
Pages:211-231
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:State
corruption
institutions
class formation
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589346.2013.798457
Abstract:In South Africa, the relationship between class formation and the post-apartheid State is proving valuable in the study of the performance of public-sector organizations, the study of the political elite and service delivery protests. In these cases, the focus is on struggles over who can get hold of the instruments and resources of the State and use them for their own purposes. Such an analysis proceeds too quickly in South Africa. The difficulty lies not with the idea of class formation or with the notion of political society; it lies with the understanding of the State. The State is conceived as if it were a formed entity, an object that is either captured or that works efficiently. This paper focuses on the State itself. It considers how talking and acting on corruption invoke mutually exclusive conceptions about the State, such that the 'struggle against corruption' is also a political struggle about the form of the State. Bibliogr., notes., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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