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Title:Recalibrating Africa's geo-political calculus: a critique of South Africa's hegemonic status
Author:Ogunnubi, Olusola
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 1470-1014)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:international relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589346.2015.1099373
Abstract:This article critiques the increasing claims in scholarly and diplomatic circles of a putative South African hegemony in Africa. On the backdrop of the recalibration of Nigeria's GDP making it Africa's largest economy, there have been counter arguments that South Africa's regional influence is dwindling as a result of its staggering economy among other domestic impediments. In this paper, the author takes the position that although South Africa's capacity to fulfil a hegemonic role may be hindered by internal and external ambivalences, these factors do not in any way disqualify the country from playing a hegemonic role. He concludes by making the assertion that our regional understanding of hegemony in the African context must be one that operates beyond the realm of the preponderant material capabilities of a state into reasonable measures of ideational characteristics. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]