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- DescriptionDespite South Africa's successful transition to democracy and lauded constitution, political freedom for the majority of South Africans remains elusive. The poor and unemployed majority are poorly represented and lack power and thus freedom. Under these conditions, the freedom of the privileged mirity is also seriously impaired due to the costs of maintaining their relative security and well-being. Lawrence Hamilton is an internationally-kwn political theorist, who has spent ten years teaching in South African universities. In this unique book he brings ideas - political and philosophical - to the fore to understand a contemporary political conundrum. He outlines the persistent, unresolved problems characterizing contemporary South Africa: poverty and quality of life statistics that are appalling for a middle-income country, levels of inequality that make South Africa one of the most unequal places in the world, skewed ecomic and political representation that reproduces elites rather than generating opportunities for all and an electoral system that implements the idea of proportional representation so literally that it undermines meaningful representation. Are South Africans Free? aims t only to explain the current state of South Africa but to provide positive new directions and suggestions for institutional change. Hamilton argues that freedom as power in South Africa does t depend on good will, charity or duty, and it goes beyond the complete realization of the political and civil liberties currently safeguarded in its constitution. Such change will depend on courageous leadership, active citizenship, new forms of representation and a macroecomic policy that offers radical redistribution of actual and potential wealth.
- Author BiographyLawrence Hamilton is Professor of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Affiliated Lecturer in Political Theory, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge University, UK. He is also an Elected Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
- Author(s)Lawrence Hamilton
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication10/04/2014
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Academic
- Weight299 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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