In the shadows of neoliberalism: the geography of corruption in South Africa

Authors: Sagie Narsiah*, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Topics: Africa, Development, Third World
Keywords: South Africa, neoliberalism, corruption
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Directors Room, Omni, West
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Over the past two decades or more South Africa has experienced the euphoria of liberation and the lows of corruption. Both, I would argue, are products of neoliberalism of a special type. In this paper I will attempt to provide an overview of neoliberalism in South Africa, focussing particularly on the post-apartheid era. I will also explore the thesis that neoliberalism in South Africa has produced a peculiar state formation which has enabled corruption and unashamed/unapologetic looting of state resources. in consequence that impact on development is unquestionable. Additionally, I will explore geographical dimensions of this phenomenon.

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