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South Africa's social contract: the Economic Freedom Fighters and the rise of a new constituent power?

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-19T12:41:59Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-19T12:41:59Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-27 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/13474
dc.description.abstract Taking the South African constitution as an eminent symbol of the South African social contract, and noting the opinion of many that the contract has failed to deliver, this article explores the concept of the social contract in South Africa by examining two contentions. The first, that the South African social contract, or constitution, was not entirely inclusive to begin with. And the second, that the radical opposition party - the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) - represents the rise of a new constituent power from the unemployed and disenfranchised populous: those seen to have been left out of the social contract. Within this article, I follow Negri's work on constituent power, broadly taking the term to denote 'the power of the people'. Through exploring these contentions, this article comes to an impasse: that South Africa's social contract was, and continues to be, conditioned in advanced by the preceding administration or constituted power, which limits, too, the possibilities of a new constituent power represented by the EFF. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject DEMOCRACY en
dc.subject POLITICAL PARTIES en
dc.subject ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS (EFF) en
dc.subject EMPOWERMENT en
dc.title South Africa's social contract: the Economic Freedom Fighters and the rise of a new constituent power? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 50(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Research Use and Impact Assessment en
dc.SourceTitle Acta Academica en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10710 en
dc.PageNumber 102-121 en
dc.outputnumber 9724 en
dc.bibliographictitle Adams, R. (2018) South Africa's social contract: the Economic Freedom fighters and the rise of a new constituent power?. <i>Acta Academica</i>. 50(3):102-121. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Adams, R. en


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