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Title:An historical geographical analysis of South Africa's system of accumulation: 1652-1994
Author:Merwe, Justin van derISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 1740-1720)
Volume:43
Issue:147
Pages:58-72
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:regional economic relations
economic history
political economy
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2015.1049521
Abstract:This paper attempts to reconceptualise from an historical perspective South Africa's regional political economy. Adopting a broadly materialist approach, the paper illustrates how South Africa's relationship with the region can be understood as a system of accumulation based on what may be called a government-business-media (GBM) complex. The analysis follows a critical rewriting of South Africa's regional relations until the attainment of democracy, as seen through the concept of the GBM complex. By so doing, the paper seeks to lay the foundations for an alternative understanding of South Africa's political economy, but also aims to contribute to the literature on, and theorisation of, 'complexes'. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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