POLITICAL ECONOMY

Readership:
Academics and students in the departments of Economics, Sociology and Political Sciences and general readers interested in socio-economic issues in the country.
Size: 200mm x 130mm
Page Extent: 160
Format: Soft Paperback
Price: 174.95 (VAT Incl)
ISBN: 978-0-620-53725-4
Publication Date: August 2012
Rights: World English Language
Lost in Transformation; South Africa's search for a new future since 1986
AUTHOR: Solomon Johannes Terreblanche (Sampie)
THIS TITLE IS AVAILABLE IN AFRIKAANS AND SIMPLIFIED CHINESE

In this book, Emeritus Professor of Economics Sampie Terreblanche, the author of bestseller The History of Inequality in South Africa 1652- 2002, delves into South Africa’s political economy, unmasking the manoeuvres and backroom strategies of manipulation by American and British companies, in collaboration with the country’s Mineral Energy Complex (MEC) to subdue and defeat the ANC. He traces the evolution of the present day “crisis” facing South Africa by examining the global political and economic context of the 1980s, focusing particularly on the period 1986-1990. Prof Terreblanche, in his unique manner, takes the reader back to the 1650s and traces political-economic developments up to 2012

Terreblanche also evaluates the performance of the ANC-led government since 1994, focusing on South Africa’s affirmative action policies and the rapid Africanisation of the state bureaucracy. The author recounts some of his personal experiences and also exposes secret negotiations and deal-making which occurred behind the scenes, revealing issues which ordinary South Africans would never come to know. The penetrating insights and compelling arguments make the book ‘a must read’ if one wants to unpack the foundations of the ‘crisis’ the country is facing today, understand the politics and economics of South Africa, and find fresh answers.

Author Information:
Professor Solomon Johannes (Sampie) Terreblanche earned his BA, MA and PhD degrees at the University of Stellenbosch. The University of the Free State awarded him a D. Comm. (honoris causa) in 2005. From 1957 to 1964 he lectured at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. In 1965 he moved as a Senior Lecturer to the University of Stellenbosch and became Professor of Economics in 1968. Since 1996 he has been an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. Professor Terreblanche is the author of The history of Inequality in South Africa 1652-2002, a co-publication of KMM Review Publishing Company and UKZN Press.

“I regained optimism after reading this powerful book, because with a voice of Terreblanche’s experience and intolerance for injustice, with renewed awareness about how the Mineral Energy Complex corrupts our economy and environment with revulsion at widespread police brutality, and with growing solidarity for the victims of the Marikana Massacre, surely there must now be a way to undo our liberation party’s world-historic sell-out?”  Patrick Bond