Simone Claar (2018): International Trade Policy and Class Dynamics in South Africa. The Economic Partnership Agreement. Palgrave Macmillan (International Political Economy Series)
Reveals key aspects of class politics in South Africa
Contributes to the comparative analysis of trade policy
Applies a historical materialist perspective to the study of political economy
This book provides an innovative perspective on class dynamics in South Africa, focusing specifically on how different interests have shaped economic and trade policy. As an emerging market, South African political and economic actions are subject to the attention of international trade policy. Claar provides an in-depth class analysis of the contradictory negotiation processes that occurred between South Africa and the European Union on Economic-Partnership Agreements (EPA), examining the divergent roles played by the political and economic elite, and the working class. The author considers their relationships with the new global trade agenda, as well as their differing standpoints on the EPA.